Food Tourism Ambassadors 2021

Justin Maule

South Lanarkshire

Justin Maule, Wild Fig, was a talent from a young age, winning Scottish Junior Cook of the year at the age of 11, the youngest ever to do so. He worked in kitchens, large and small, since leaving school, punctuated with a love of skateboarding, which saw him travel to competitions throughout Europe. Yet, cooking was undoubtedly the backdrop to his early life as he travelled around the great restaurants and hotels of the continent with his father, William Maule – himself a chef of reputed standing - who naturally passed on his knowledge, skills and techniques in the home that ultimately served as the grounding for Justin’s talents as a chef.

Years later, Justin worked in his father’s restaurant from the ground up, further developing his skills before working in some of the best kitchens in Scotland. Self-development has also been a key element throughout his career – much of what he has learned has come from his investigation and motivation. Today, Justin continues to work with ingredients that Scotland so richly offers while also consciously embracing the diversity of sourcing globally, allowing national cuisines to influence and inspire his flavouring.

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