Justin Schwartz

Justin Schwartz

Justin Schwartz grew up in upstate New York, surrounded by farms and forests. He became a self-proclaimed vegetarian at the age of eight in a house full of meat eaters. He taught himself how to cook out of necessity and remained a strict vegetarian for 15 years. He incorporated meat back into his diet 12 years ago, but still believes that a plant-forward diet is the key to a long and healthy life. One of Justin’s first jobs was in Northern California at the Heartwood Institute, an intentional community and residential school focused on the healing arts and whole food nutrition. He worked as head chef and kitchen manager, executing three vegetarian meals a day for 100 people, 365 days a year. He stayed at Heartwood for five years and earned certifications in holistic health and whole foods nutrition. After Heartwood he worked at an herbal apothecary in Berkeley, then moved to Hawaii where he worked as a private chef with Pure Kauai, a high-end luxury vacation company. Justin currently resides in New York City, where he is co-founder of Mulberry & Vine, a healthy fast casual with five locations. (New York, NY) @mulberryandvine