After reaching top-five finalist rank on Bravo’s Top Chef, Justin Sutherland came home to invest his fame and winnings in St. Paul. He bought a controlling interest in the group that owned his restaurant, Handsome Hog, along with seven other properties, making him the Twin Cities’ first African-American to own a multi-unit restaurant company. He’s been slowly revamping the concepts with his own vision, turning a flagging neighborhood pub known as Fitzgerald’s into deep-dish pizza joint The Fitz and launching new concepts like Obachan, a noodle stand in Rosedale, as homage to his Japanese grandma. Besides representing the Twin Cities and young black chefs at national events, his next big move is to reopen Pearl & the Thief—his first Minneapolis restaurant. It will no doubt serve as his signature spot, propelling the Sutherland brand forward.