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Our in-depth, up close and personal behind the scenes look at some of the most interesting people in food, fun and hospitality around the Phoenix Valley and the state of Arizona. On this episode of BRP, hosted by the Delo - come and meet Justin Beckett...

...Chef and Owner of Beckett�s Table and Southern Rail!

Let�s find out: - A bit about his background growing up and his family...

- What led him to becoming a Chef�

- His partnerships and how he came up with his restaurants...

- Some of his Awards and Associations he�s involved with�

- His thoughts on finding employees�

- What�s happening in the industry now and where it�s heading�

- New upcoming �Cooking Classes��

- A run-down of Beckett�s Table and Southern Rail...

...and so much more!

Now let's meet Justin, Chef and Owner of Becketts Table and Southern Rail.

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Becoming a Chef...

Justin found that he loved the hustle and bustle of restaurants and bars and caught the �restaurant disease�. By 1997 he was working as a chef for a company in California where he was approached to help the company open the Roy�s franchises in Arizona and transferred to be a chef with them at the age of 21.

The first Roy�s was at Indian School Blvd and Scottsdale Road which opened in 1998 and was a huge success. There was a lot of staff and trainers available, marking the beginning of his in charge 'cheffing' style that has helped him open 18 restaurants!!!!

He met his wife, Michelle, through mutual friends at a party, they started talking and haven�t stopped since. She is the ideal business partner as she is good at everything Justin is not good at. She fills in where he is lacking and jokes about the fact that more people come into the restaurant looking for her than him.

His Partnership and Opening the Restaurants�.

Justin and Michelle have known their partners Katy and Scott for a long time. Everything they wanted a restaurant to be was decided over a few beers and if there was a space in the market for what they wanted to do they agreed they would move on it.

Scott, being a wine expert and Justin being a chef they knew their idea was solid. They started Beckett�s Table in 2010 and Southern Rail in about 2014.

Awards and Associations...

In 2012 Justin received a nomination for 'Best Chef' from Food and Wine Magazine and while it felt nice being recognized by the public, it was great for business. Justin is very involved with the community and sits on the Board of Arizona Restaurant Association, because he feels strongly about Local food.

When he began his business the question was often whether to buy from a large supplier or to buy from local vendors. But after speaking with others in the community, it made more and more sense to dedicate time and energy on Local.

His Restaurant Concepts�

Southern Rail just celebrated their 5 year anniversary. The concept was initially created to introduce authentic Southern cooking to Arizona, but it's now seasonal foods with a Southern influence. Justin wants to bring the way vegetables are prepared in the southern region to our local area. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends, with an outstanding Bourbon program and have received quite a few nods for their wine list. T

he restaurant hosts great events such as Mardi Gras, Jazz and Jambalaya Nights. In other words, there's always something going on at the restaurant. Becketts Table is approaching their 9th anniversary. He based the concept off of the idea of having a dinner party at your house. Justin strives to mimic having a dinner party where everyone congregates in, or around the kitchen.

The menu features seasonal American cooking, following his belief that the menu should be centered around local produce and not proteins. The menu changes 5 to 6 times per year based on what is growing that time of the year, which typically coincides with what our bodies are craving.

Where to find Chef Justin Beckett�

https://beckettstable.com/

https://southernrailaz.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BeckettsTable/

https://www.instagram.com/SouthernRai...

https://www.instagram.com/ChefBeckettAZ/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeckettsTable/

https://www.facebook.com/SouthernRailAZ/

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