The Cedars Social
A true native to Texas, Justin Box was born and raised in Richardson. Being the youngest raised by his grandparents, he found his love for food standing on an old black stool in the kitchen next to the stove. Justin would help stir and just watch his grandmother and great grandma cook, like there wasn’t anything else happening around him. Justin graduated from Richardson High school in 2000 and quickly jumped on board at El Centro community college in the culinary program. While working odd kitchen jobs in 2001, he made a random call to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Ca. to try and make his ultimate dream a reality. One year later he was packed up and on his way to San Francisco! Justin worked for some of the top players in San Francisco such as Gary Danko and Wendy Crispin, and then graduated in 2004 and was headed home to continue on his journey. Since then he has worked for big Dallas names; serving as Executive Sous Chef for the late great Randall Copeland at Restaurant Ava, where he seemed to really get his bearings and started focusing on the farm to table approach, as well as seasonality of ingredients. Later he was employed as Executive Sous Chef at Bolsa Restaurant in Oakcliff, Texas, executive Sous chef at Stephan Pyles Caters, as well as the Opening Sous chef for Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant focusing on teaching misguided youth how to cook. And after a brief, yet intense 9 month stint , working under one of Dallas’ most well-known chefs, Dean Fearing, he is now the proud 1st time Executive Chef at one of Dallas’ most notorious hot spots, The Cedars Social. Justin will ultimately label his own cuisine, “radical rustic” and label his style as being, “classy chaos”. ALWAYS focusing on local, seasonal foods, and forever pushing for the underdog.