LAST Week of the #GetInTheKitchen Challenge with Justin Smillie!

Tori West

Justin Smillie X Hedley & Bennett

Justin Smillie - Master of Slow Fires and All Things Braised


Hometown: Upland, CA

Current City: New York, New York

Restaurants: Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria, Upland

Publications: Slow Fires, Mastering New Ways to Braise, Roast and Grill

"Justin is the kind of guy you would want to be stranded with in an airport for a flight delay". I have heard this over and over again from my fellow Apron Squad Members, and after this conversation, I couldn't agree more.

The East Coast Convert with California roots infused his restaurant, Upland, with the best features of his hometown: natural oak, elegant leather, and California fruit-inspired murals. 

Upland boasts dishes like five-lettuce Caesar salad, and pasta laced with chicken liver and sherry. Simple and done right.

Smillie just has good taste, and that is yet another reason why we are thrilled to collaborate with him on the final installment of the Hedley & Bennett Apron #GetInTheKitchen Challenge! 

The First Challenge of the Week is Coming from Us at Hedley & Bennett:

1. Surprise a Loved One (Coworker, Friend, Child) with a lunch you thoughtfully prepared for them in the kitchen. Snap a pic of them enjoying it and tag us and Justin!! 

Follow Justin on Instagram here to see him completing the challenges throughout this week! 


Each weekly challenge is independent from previous weeks- so if you are new, jump on the Apron Squad wagon and start cooking up a storm!

Prizes are awarded each week based upon:

1. Following @hedleyandbennett and @chefjsmillie on Instagram 

2. Posting creative pictures of the weekly challenges and tagging Justin, Hedley & Bennett and #GetIntheKitchen on Instagram

Contest Runs through Sunday the 31st at 10 PM PST. 

Limited to continental US *excluding Alaska and Hawaii
Please allow 5-10 business days for shipping processing
Submit entries for all 3 weekly challenges by Sunday at 10pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Winners announced the following Monday by 3pm PST here on the blog.