About Cooper

” I take great pride in my cooking and look forward to the opportunity to share it with you! If there is something you think I could be doing better, please let me know as I am constantly working to improve my business and satisfy your cravings.”

– Eat On! Chef Coop

Justin Cooper is a food lover at heart with over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Justin’s passion for food started at a young age while helping his dad plant beans and corn on their 7th generation family farm. Hanging out in his mom’s kitchen and helping her cook traditional family meals inspired him to start cooking.

As kitchen manager at his fraternity house at Illinois State University, Justin realized his passion for cooking. He changed majors after Spring 2004 semester. Justin enrolled and graduated from Lincoln Land Community College Culinary program. Culinary director, Jay Kitterman, mentored Justin through his education and internships. Justin followed his dreams and ventured out West in 2005 and attended culinary school at Scottsdale Le Cordon Bleu. Justin toured with Americrown catering for NASCAR while preparing meals for large crowds of up to 120,000. Soon after graduation he managed a restaurant for one of Phoenix’s top restaurant entrepreneurs.

Justin obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management from The Art Institute of Phoenix in 2010. Justin had the opportunity to learn from the one of the World’s finest Global Master Chef’s, Chef Walter Leible.  Justin earned a spot as Captain of the Culinary Competition Team where he led his team to a 3rd place finish in the 2010 Western Regional Conference. Team Coach Chef Francine Marz, inspired Justin to pursue his dreams further after school. She continues to inspire him daily through his food creations.

In 2012 the truck was purchased. Justin worked with his best friend and father for a year transforming the truck into the kitchen it is today. From removing the old stickers from the previous Matco Tool owner, cutting out the serving window to cutting holes in the floor for the generator. After days of countless hours and sleepless nights, the truck served its first event on June 22, 2013.

Justin’s passion for food has led him to explore new creations. He enjoys sharing these creations with you! He is inspired from his farming background to serve local and fresh food when possible. He recently acquired his broker’s license enabling him to serve his cousin’s local beef.