Passion is not taught; it comes from within. Chef Justin Hayes has harnessed this gift and applies that attitude to every aspect of his culinary career. With no allegiance to a particular style of cooking, his attention is captivated as long as it is properly sourced, cooked with purpose, balance, finesse, and respect. Justin has honed his culinary skill and passion while garnering a reputation for combining acutely seasonal items with elegantly innovative techniques. This skill set was honed while working with American Academy award winning Chef Heinz Sowinski, after which Justin went to study under the guidance of Master Chef Marcel Biro. Justin continued to grow and was presented with the opportunity to further his education under Chef Biro’s mentor in Germany, Master Chef Robert Rauh. He since has returned to Augusta to share his skills and passion as partner and Executive Chef of Cork & Flame as he remains dedicated to his trade while providing guests with innovative creations.