Rising Star Chef Justin Walker of Earth at Hidden Pond - Biography

Kennebunkport, ME

March 2014

There’s a lot to be learned at a good grandfather’s knee. For Justin Walker, it was a love of cooking. As a boy, Walker would help his grandfather prepare holiday meals for the family. As a young man, he realized that his love of cooking extended beyond the family home, and he took that passion to the New England Culinary Institute.

Walker then found his way to the vibrant Ogunquit, Maine, dining scene, working with Chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier at Arrows, first as a line cook, then a sous chef, and finally as chef de cuisine (with a stop at the James Beard House kitchen for good measure). Now at the helm of Kennebunkport’s Earth, where we won a 2014 StarChefs.com Rising Stars Award, Walker combines a dual passion for food and sustainability, raising goats and chickens and personally tending to the large gardens on his farms to create a cuisine at once honest and exquisite.