On January 23, 2016 Crave Catering welcomed the addition of Justin Hawkinson as their new Head Chef. Justin is a lifelong Whatcom County resident and has been working in local kitchens for more than 25 years. He has joined the team in order to bring higher food quality and professionalism to the upcoming events at Crave Catering and Bellewood Acres.
Justin considers soups and stocks to be his specialty, but has worked with all sorts of large batch catering menus. “I just love the idea that a catering kitchen can produce anything the client wants rather than just working off a restaurant menu. We might do Asian food one night, and Spanish tapas the next. It’s a constant push to stretch yourself beyond what you’ve done in the past.”
Most recently Justin was the Sous Chef at Bellingham Golf and Country Club, where his batch of chili won the 2015 Dirty Dan Days Cook-off. He has also honed his craft at Market Street Catering, Semiahmoo Resort, Shuksan Golf Club and Bob’s Burgers and Brew.
Looking forward, Justin is excited to work with Pamela Felke and the Crave Catering crew as the parties line up for what promises to be a busy spring and summer. “Crave is a special situation because Pam plants a lot of the produce we are going to use on her farm. I’m excited to have the access to the freshest possible ingredients and present food that is local and natural to our guests.” Read more