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Justin Sutherland

Chef/Owner of Handsome Hog and cookbook author

Justin Sutherland is a nationally recognized celebrity chef and entrepreneur who is the co-host of the syndicated Fast Foodies (TruTV), an executive producer and host of Taste the Culture (TruTV/HBO Max), a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay, Kitchen Crash, Chopped, Guy’s Ranch Kitchen and a notable Food Network Iron Chef winner and season finalist on Top Chef: Kentucky. Sutherland is also a Food Network Tournament of Champions season 2 competitor, a First We Feast competitor, and a Relish contributor.  He’s been featured on national TV shows, including Good Morning America, Tamron Hall, Rachael Ray and the Drew Barrymore Show. Sutherland released his cookbook, Northern Soul, on September 20, 2022 (Harvard Common Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group).

Sutherland is classically trained in French cuisine but returned to his southern roots when he opened his first restaurant, Handsome Hog, in St. Paul, MN. Justin elevates his pork-centric contemporary southern dishes to the next level by combining his training with traditional ingredients from the south. Justin is a successful entrepreneur who runs multiple restaurants, including Handsome Hog, Big E, Noyes and Cutler, and Northern Soul the Restaurant. He has a successful line of spices sold locally in grocery chains in the Upper Midwest and a signature whiskey blend with Tattersall Distilling. Sutherland is also a Weber Ambassador. He is also the culinary consultant for Allianz Field, home of the MLS’s Minnesota United.

Justin is committed to the social justice community and is the co-owner of Hybrid Nation, a socially conscious streetwear and lifestyle brand that promotes the importance of diversity and social equality. Justin is active in many Twin Cities philanthropic efforts, raising funds and donations for hospitality workers affected by the pandemic through The North Stands, MN Central Kitchen. He is also currently the Vice-Chair of the Leadership Garden, a 501(c)(3). He’s also engaged in the Craftmade Aprons Project Black & Blue, which supports restaurant industry workers dealing with mental, physical, and financial stress.

Justin has also been recognized by local and national publications for his contribution to the culinary world and his philanthropic endeavors, and community involvement. He’s been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Chef, Charlie Awards, an annual event celebrating the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities-area restaurant, food, and beverage industry. He’s also a two-time Best New Restaurant winner from MSP Magazine.

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