Justin Baade - chef de cuisine

Justin Baade, who has served as Waterbar's Chef de Cuisine since the restaurant's 2007 opening, credits his mother's Mediterranean cooking style and love for preserving fruits and vegetables as his inspiration to pursue a career in cooking.

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Baade started his restaurant career at a pizza parlor near his high school when he was just 16 years old. After graduating from the New England Culinary Institute, Baade moved to Portland, Oregon and began working at Wildwood restaurant, where he developed a passion for seasonally driven dishes with a focus on local farms and artisans.

After moving to San Francisco in 2005, Baade accepted a position as line cook at Farallon. He was promoted to sous chef after just five months. In 2007, Baade was approached by executive chef Parke Ulrich to help open Waterbar and has served there as Chef de Cuisine since.

Baade currently resides in San Francisco where he enjoys trying out new restaurants in his spare time. He's also an avid music fan, loves reading and can often be found skateboarding around town.