A self-proclaimed “jack-of-all-trades,” Justine never dreamed that her love of food would take her on the journey it has. Formally trained as a public relations specialist, she used her gift of gab and penchant for writing to excel in her career in marketing and communications on Bay Street.
Despite enjoying her job, Justine always felt like something was missing and found that cooking helped to fill that void. For as long as she could remember, food had always been a focal point in her life. Having a food engineer for a mom meant that she got to know the ins and outs of gastronomic science and enjoy the delicious outcomes of countless culinary experiments. Such creations led to catering gigs, which eventually grew into a steady weekend job that Justine enjoyed more than anything.
Growing weary of the day-to-day chaos of downtown Toronto, she traded in PR for culinary school and quickly found the hustle and bustle of the restaurant kitchen to be her match made in heaven. Busy earning her chef ranks, mastering desserts and pastries, and eventually teaching culinary arts, Justine met Anthony (another match made in heaven, you could say) – and the roots of Gastro Market were planted.
Today, as Anthony’s partner (and better half), Justine shares his culinary mandate of food for all and teaching foodies how to cook with the confidence of a chef.