At our Depoe Bay Restaurant, Restaurant Beck, we use the finest foraged and local farm ingredients. We combine traditional and progressive cooking techniques to provide you with a playful yet artful dining experience. Welcome to our home.
- Stormee and Justin Wills
Justin is a James Beard Semi - Finalist for best chef NW 2013 and was a James Beard Semi - Finalist for best chef NW 2012. In 2011 he was Peoples Choice Award Best New Chef US by Food and Wine Magazine.
Chef Wills was included in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America 2013 and 2014 - a first of it's kind industry peer review of the nation’s top culinary talent published as a result of over 5,000 one-on-one interviews with chefs across the country sharing their thoughts on fellow chefs and industry trendsetters. bestchefsamerica.com
Growing up in a large Italian family on the Southside of Des Moines, IA, Justin was exposed to more great food in his childhood than most are in their lives. This definitely planted the culinary passion in Justin at a very young age.
Deciding to pursue this as a career, he started cooking as a teenager at a local high volume restaurant. In January of 1995 Justin enrolled in The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Following an internship at Grappa Restaurant in Park City, UT he graduated from the CIA in October of 1997. He has worked in great restaurants such as Oba Restaurant in Portland, and operated formidable fine dining kitchens in Denver, Dallas, and Mendocino.
Currently, Justin, with his wife Stormee, own and operate Restaurant Beck at Whale Cove Inn. Their restaurant, which is named after their son Becker, achieved an AAA – Three Diamond rating within its first six months of operation. Gerry Frank of the Oregonian stated “…the fantastically located Whale Cove Inn houses Restaurant Beck, where views compete neck and neck with the food.”