Justin North is no stranger to awards. Becasse, Surry Hills, his first restaurant with wife Georgia was opened in 2001; it met with instant critical and public acclaim.
Becasse held on to two coveted Chef’s Hats from 2003 – 2011 and won Best European Restaurant in Australia many times. Justin was also named as Chef of the Year 2009 by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and GQ Chef of the Year 2010.
Justin developed a passion for French cuisines and travelled to Europe in 1996 to work in the kitchen of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons with Raymond Blanc. Justin returned to Sydney to join one of the city’s most exciting kitchen teams – with Liam Tomlin at Banc.
In 2005 Becasse relocated to Clarence St, Sydney. The restaurant developed and evolved into one of Sydney’s premier dining spaces. In 2012, the Becasse Group sadly closed its doors.
Justin is passionate about “ethical eating” and sustainable produce; at Becasse he would regularly host the popular “Producer’s Lunch Forum” highlighting the work of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic producers.
Justin is the author of two award winning books Becasse: Inspirations and Flavours and published French Lessons. Both books were re-issued in 2010, and his third book, Family Food, is due out in 2013.
Justin’s TV credits include guest spots on Masterchef Australia and Junior Masterchef as well as appearances and cooking segments on Channel Nine Morning Show, The Lifestyle Channel’s Christmas Special, Mercurio’s Menu (a Sydney Special) and The Circle.