Justin Bazdarich hails from Kansas City, and embarked on to Arizona State University where he majored in industrial design. After his junior year, Justin decided to take a different path and move to NYC. The physical act of making a product, working under a deadline, and using your brain in a creative way were things... READ MORE
Justin Bazdarich hails from Kansas City, and embarked on to Arizona State University where he majored in industrial design. After his junior year, Justin decided to take a different path and move to NYC. The physical act of making a product, working under a deadline, and using your brain in a creative way were things that appealed to Justin in industrial design so being a chef seemed to be the perfect fit. Justin graduated from the French Culinary Institute with honors and began his career working under Jean-Georges Vongerichten at his flagship restaurant “Jean-Georges.” Justin climbed the ranks and was eventually promoted to sous chef, before moving on to be the opening chef de cuisine at “Perry Street.” Under the tutelage of Gregory Brainin, Justin’s culinary vision came to fruition and resulted in a Michelin star. After three productive years at “Perry Street,” Bazdarich had a desire to learn more about all facets of running a restaurant and when the opportunity arose to work at Culinary Concepts for Jean-Georges, he took it. Culinary Concepts brought Justin on a path to help Jean-Georges open 15 restaurants worldwide. He was responsible for overseeing complete culinary training for the kitchen, and implementation and management on all cost control.
Deciding it was time to finally open his own project, Justin joined forces with a friend from college, Todd Feldman, to open the first Speedy Romeo in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood in 2012. At Speedy, the emphasis is on the wood-fired oven and grill, where Justin turns out pizza and Italian-influenced dishes. After four years of success, and building a loyal following, the pair opened a second Speedy, this time in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
In 2018, Justin decided to take his love of Mexican fare, and many trips to Mexico, and open Oxomoco, in partnership with childhood friend Chris Walton. Oxomoco, which borrows its name from the Aztec Goddess of the Night, offers guests wood-fired Mexican fare using techniques and flavors from all regions of Mexico, and calls Greenpoint, Brooklyn home. In 2019, Oxomoco received a Michelin star. In late 2020, Justin and Chris added a second Mexican restaurant to their portfolio, this time plant-based, with the opening of Xilonen, also in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood.READ LESS