Executive Chef and Owner
Justin Devillier was raised in Dana Point, California, a small beach town in South Orange County. He spent summers fishing for Yellowtail and Albacore tuna and in the fall and winter he would dive for lobsters just steps from his front door. This bounty of local seafood inspired Justin to enter the culinary industry and after working in local restaurants right out of high school, he decided to focus all of his time on becoming a chef.
In 2003, Devillier moved to New Orleans and cooked in the kitchens of Bacco, Stella and Peristyle. While at Peristyle, he worked with Chef Anne Kearny-Sands and learned the intricacies of French cuisine.
Devillier joined the La Petite Grocery team in 2004 and became sous chef a year later. After Hurricane Katrina, he helped re-build La Petite Grocery’s infrastructure by managing the daily specials and training the new line cooks. In February 2007, he was promoted to executive chef and was named a 2008 “Chef to Watch” by Louisiana Cookin magazine and the Times-Picayune. In 2009, the New Orleans City Business Culinary Connoisseurs named him one of the city’s best chefs and also recognized La Petite Grocery as “Best Neighborhood Restaurant”.
He and his wife Mia took over majority ownership of La Petite Grocery in 2010 and he has since been named a James Beard Award finalist in 2012 and 2013 for Best Chef – South. When he has free time, he can be found fishing or on the beach with his wife and two young daughters. Devillier can also be seen on the upcoming season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef – New Orleans.
General Manager and Owner
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Mia moved to New Orleans 17 years ago to attend Loyola University. After receiving a degree in Business Management and Marketing, she worked as a manager with Martin Wine Cellar for three years before returning to school. Upon graduating from the University of New Orleans with a Masters in Accounting, Mia worked as a tax accountant with Deloitte and Touche for three years.
Mia has held various positions in the service industry spanning 18 years – most notably with the House of Blues and in such restaurants such as Lilette, Juan’s Flying Burritos and Marigny Brasserie. Mia joined La Petite Grocery in 2009 as General Manager and she and her husband, Chef Justin Devillier, took over majority ownership of the Uptown restaurant in 2010.
She attributes her passion for food and wine to her late father, Harley, and her knack for Southern hospitality to her late grandmother. She continues her pursuit of providing memorable dining experiences in their honor.
Front of House Manager
Bobby Margot was born and raised in Chalmette, Louisiana. He began in the restaurant industry at only sixteen years old, starting as a busboy and working his way up to bar back, bartender, server, and expeditor at Jaeger’s Seafood Restaurant.
Margot then moved on to Houston’s restaurant in 2004 where he had the opportunity to learn the business side of the industry. He also taught continuing education classes for the staff covering all aspects of service, and was consistently ranked as one of the restaurant’s top ten employees. In July 2010, Margot was offered a management position at La Petite Grocery, and happily accepted.
Margot holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration from the University of New Orleans. His interests outside the restaurant include cheering on the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers, as well as fishing and hunting. Bobby is passionate about maintaining a positive work environment, and believes that happy employees are key to creating terrific guest experiences.
A New Orleans native and a lifelong resident, Trey Wyllie is a graduate of the Isidore Newman School and Tulane University. He began in the culinary field as a server at the popular Vera Cruz restaurant in 2004 and quickly fell in love with the industry. As general manager, he put the restaurant in working order by November 2005 after sustaining damages from Hurricane Katrina.
In 2006, Wylie began working at Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter and three years later was both Captain and Maître D’ of the historic eatery, positions he held until the restaurant closed in 2013. He eagerly joined the La Petite Grocery team in July of 2013 as front of house manager.
In his free time, Wylie enjoys dining out, cooking with friends, going to the movies and reading a good book. He credits his knowledge of southern cuisine and hospitality to the time he spent dining in the “Grand Dame” restaurants of New Orleans with his beloved granny, mother and father.
Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Bronwen Wyatt graduated from Tulane University with a degree in English and Fine Arts. Upon graduation, she worked as a freelance journalist and professional resume writer before moving to Portland, Maine in 2007. There, she took a job as a prep cook to cover her bills, however, it wasn’t long before her lifelong passion for food fueled a career change into the culinary world. After relocating to San Francisco in 2009, she worked in the Michelin-starred restaurant Range before accepting the role of pastry chef at Outerlands.
In 2011, Wyatt returned to New Orleans, where she has developed and helmed the pastry program at La Petite Grocery. Since then, she has been named one of the Top Five Pastry Chefs to Watch by the Times Picayune’s Brett Anderson, was nominated for Food & Wine magazine’s People’s Best New Pastry Chef award, and was the first pastry chef to be a Chef to Watch by Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine.
Wyatt’s pastry style is deeply rooted in her mother’s strong Southern heritage, with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients derived from her time spent on the west coast. She believes that local pastries should be rooted in the rich, New Orleans culture while also being open to taking risks.
Paul Terrebonne was born and raised in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana and studied Theology at both Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama and Regis University in Denver, Colorado. In 2008, Paul returned to his Louisiana roots with a new-found focus on the culinary arts.
He attended the John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholl’s State University, and graduated with honors in 2012. During his time in school, Paul was a local and regional finalist in the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition which further inspired him as he was introduced to several world- renowned chefs.
Paul joined the La Petite Grocery kitchen team in December 2011 and was promoted to sous chef less than two years later. His interests range from charcuterie to classic French cooking techniques to mud bugging. As the son of a net shop and crawfish pond owner in Cut Off, Louisiana, Paul regularly regales the La Petite Grocery kitchen with stories of growing up in the heart of Cajun country.
Joseph Tiedmann grew up in the rural town of Warren, Connecticut where he helped his family raise farm animals such as cows, lambs, pigs, chickens, ducks and geese, as well as maintain a large vegetable garden. It was this exposure to fresh organic ingredients and farm life that kick started his love for the culinary world.
After graduating from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, Tiedmann visited New Orleans for the first time to volunteer in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In September of 2008, he returned to New Orleans to live, and to realize his dream of a career in fine dining. He was quickly hired at La Petite Grocery as TK and in 2012 was promoted to sous chef. When not in the kitchen, Tiedmann enjoys seeing live music, reading history and science fiction, and spending time with his girlfriend.