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JUSTIN WOODWARD

executive chef

 

Justin brings a wide range of experience to the Castagna kitchen. His career includes time spent at some of the world's most esteemed restaurants including Chef Rene Redzepi's Noma in Denmark, San Diego's L'Auberge Del Mar, and the moderninst establishment Mugaritz in San Sebastian. After working under renowned pastry chef Alex Stupak at New York's WD-50, Justin joined Castagna. He was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef award in 2013, and Best Chef Northwest award in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018. In 2018 he was also awarded a 'Rising Star' award by Starchefs and continues to push the boundaries of fine dining in Portland. 

 

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BRENT BRAUN

wine director

 

Brent has been working in the Portland wine industry since his early 20's and has been recognized on multiple occasions for his contributions as a sommelier. Having worked in nearly every capacity of the wine industry, he brings a myriad of experience to Castagna.  Most recently, he built the opening wine program for Portland's Levant, before joining Castagna in 2014. In 2017, he was named one of Food & Wine Magazine's Sommeliers of the Year and in 2018 he was awarded a coveted Starchefs 'Rising Star' award, becoming one of only three Portland sommeliers to ever receive this award.