We are thrilled to welcome Executive Chef Justin Venezia to the Happy+Hale family! Chef Justin will oversee menu development and food preparation for all of our locations as we expand across the Southeast. Venezia recently moved to North Carolina from Orlando, Florida, where he worked in several hotels, country clubs and fine-dining establishments. He has 26 years of cooking experience.
As the eldest son in an Italian family, Venezia grew up enjoying great home-cooked meals, often the focus of many family gatherings. From a young age, he was fascinated by watching Julia Child on TV, which inspired his passion for food. After graduating from high school, Venezia joined the army and served for three years in Germany, where he met his wife. Upon his discharge, he earned his culinary degree from the Florida Culinary Institute, now called the Lincoln Culinary Institute.
Venezia has settled into Chapel Hill with his wife of almost 20 years and their young son. The family enjoys the beautiful outdoor amenities that North Carolina has to offer.
Look for Chef Justin's rotating seasonal menus soon!