Meet Justin Baade, pronounced like Warren Beatty, not to be confused with 'The Bod' Elle Macpherson.
Now that we've gotten that cleared up, it is our pleasure to re-introduce Chef de Cuisine, Justin Baade. He, not unlike Pete Sittnick our managing partner or Rich Troiani our General Manager, has his bio on our website, but with recently celebrating our 8 year anniversary, we thought it would be a great time to let you know the man behind the food here at Waterbar. Chef Justin and Chef Parke have created an exquisite sea food focused menu using nothing but the freshest, local and sustainable products available.
Let's begin, shall we?
Q: Where are you from?
A: Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I left there at 20 and went to culinary school in Vermont.
Q: How'd you get into restaurants? What was the attraction?
A: I started one summer working at a pizza place. And then at about 15 I was a dishwasher and prep cook at an Italian restaurant. I think I stuck with it because I could see the value in a hard days work and it was beyond satisfying watching people eat and enjoy the food I made.
Q: How long have you been at Waterbar?
A: Since the very beginning. Chef Parke and I worked together before the opening to create and test recipes. So, over 8 years.
Q: What's been the biggest challenge doing what you do?
A: The long hours and making time for my family.
Q: What's your best memory here?
A: I have a few. First thing that comes to mind is a trip to Maine for an East meets West event with Parke. And I have to say the first few days after opening. It was a trip seeing lines around the block.
Q: What are you up to lately?
A: (laughs....) Working and raising my daughter.
Q: Plans for the future?
A: Probably go back home to New Mexico and open my own restaurant.
Q: What's a food you're looking forward to working with in the upcoming season?
A: I'm excited for Spring - looking forward to Halibut, Spiny Lobster, Baby favas and asparagus.
Thank you for your time Chef!!!!!!