Seeking your Support

Justin was in a boating accident on July 3rd, 2022. He is recovering and in good spirits but has a long journey of rehabilitation and extensive medical bills.

Here’s how you can help:

Please click on website link below to reach the GoFundMe page.

We are grateful for all the kind messages and are sharing them with Justin.

Meet Justin.

Chef Justin Sutherland was born to cook. He spent his childhood in the kitchen learning recipes from his mother and grandmother. His favorite TV show was Yan Can Cook where Chef Yan’s motto and show closing saying was “If Yan can cook, so can you”. For his fifth birthday, he asked for an EasyBake Oven. Suffice to say, he’s been at it for a while.


Justin is classically trained in French cuisine but returned to his southern roots when he opened his own first restaurant, Handsome Hog, in St. Paul MN. Infusing his classical training with equally-classic ingredients from the south, Justin elevates his pork-centric contemporary southern dishes to the next-level. Under the Sutherland brand, Justin operates multiple award-winning restaurants including the Handsome Hog, Obachan Noodles and Chicken, Chickpea Hummus Bar, The Gnome, Woodfire Cantina, and Gray Duck Tavern. He is also the co-owner of Hybrid Nation, a socially-conscious streetwear and lifestyle brand that is creating social change by selling products with a meaningful cause behind them, and by acting as a catalyst for the continuation of action and conversation focused on promoting the importance of diversity and social equality.


Justin has been recognized by local and national publications for his contribution to the culinary world in addition to his philanthropic endeavors and community involvement. Sutherland stayed active during his restaurants’ closures due to COVID-19 by co-founding the North Stands, an organization supporting hospitality workers.

Out Now!

Fast Foodies

A new cooking competition series on TruTV! Sutherland, along with Top Chef winners Kristen Kish and Jeremy Ford will attempt to recreate a celebrity’s favorite fast food.

The celebrity guests include Joel McHale, James Van Der Beek, Andy Richter, and Amanda Seales.

Iron Chef America
Top Chef
2019 Charlie Awards
MSP Magazine
Available Services (Available Virtually or Socially Distanced):
Keynote Speaking
Corporate Events
Personal In-Home Chef
Food Styling
Cooking Classes
Cooking Demos
Bourbon and Cigar Tastings

Justin's Restaurants

Handsome Hog

Hey there neighbor – we’re the Handsome Hog, a new contemporary Southern restaurant in Lowertown, serving lunch, dinner, & late night. Our food is pig-centric, our drinks are bold, & our doors are open. Chef Justin is in the kitchen making you up a plate and our bartenders are stirring up the perfect libation to go with it!
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Pearl and the Thief

The seafood-forward restaurant serves ticketed 7-course meals that are meant to be “elevated versions of the greatest hits from Pearl and the Thief.” Those include crawfish bisque, snow crab risotto, oysters and more.
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Obachan Noodles and Chicken

A build-your-own concept: choose either miso, tonkotsu, or shiitake broth, pick soba, udon, or ramen noodle, add Japanese fried chicken, pork belly, or tofu. Obachan, the Japanese word for Grandmother, pays homage to Sutherland’s own grandmother, who is of Japanese descent and will be opened in her honor.
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Chickpea Hummus Bar

Chef Justin Sutherland has partnered with local restaurateur Leo Judeh to launch Chickpea. This vegetarian option is a build-your-own, starting with hummus (roasted red pepper, roasted garlic, or plain) and then adding different toppings: feta, zahtar, cucumbers, olives, fried chickpeas and much more. They will also feature fresh salads.
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The Gnome

The new restaurant at 498 Selby Avenue tips a hat to the former tenant with the name. This location was long the home of The Happy Gnome, under different ownership. What neighborhood regulars loved about the old spot were the extensive beer list and chill vibes. Both are intact, but the restaurant space and adjoining patio have gotten major upgrades.
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Woodfired Cantina

Woodfired meats and cantina cocktails inspired by the street foods of Southern California and Mexico.
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Side Chick

Home of the baddest bird on the block — serving you chicken, sides, and more
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