Get to know me better
A driven & passionate culinary professional.
I am a professional chef with 15+ years of experience. I was trained at the Californian Culinary Academy in San Francisco. I worked under chef Mathew Bosquet as an extern, was hired on and worked & learned under him for the next seven years as his sous chef. I have now held executive chef positions and am beginning to look at other niches of the industry. I now have experience promoting & executing winemaker dinners, running bed & breakfast kitchens, & in home private catering.
For me, cooking is...
What I have always been passionate about, and what my hobbies center around, be it foraging, fishing or gardening it all comes back to the kitchen.
I learned to cook at...
I was traditionally trained at the California Culinary Academy, and learned under chefs Mathew Bosquet, Philippe Jeanty & Tamara Murphy among others.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Mathew Bosquet, with bits and pieces of the other great chefs I've worked with.
A cooking secret...
Cooking with quality & seasonal ingredients, and giving them the proper time & attention to provide my guests with the best experience I can.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Napa.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Napa. You name it!
Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in Napa.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Napa, count me in.
James's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef James's reviews
Phenomenal meals prepared and served by Chef James. The brunch beignets & benedicts were a favourite and desserts were scrumptious treats. Mains were cooked perfectly and presented stylishly. Superb experience!
Brian Tjugum - Sep 07 2021
Chef James was professional and the food was exceptional. Every dish was well presented with information and tasty. I would definitely hire him again. I still have a craving for the mushroom risotto.
Frances - Sep 07 2021
Our experience with Chef James was nothing short of exceptional. He did an incredible job and managed to impress both carnivores and pescatarians alike. We have lived in San Francisco for 15 years and are spoiled with the food scene there and in nearby wine country. We can arguably say that the dinner that Chef James prepared was one of the best we’ve had. He was able to pull it all off: timing, taste, presentation, and all with a calm demeanor and willing to chat a bit and answer our questions. We would use him again in a heartbeat but i have a feeling he’ll be booked. Get him while you can!
Christine Welland - Aug 18 2021
Our chef James was polite, prompt and communicative. Which is all good but... OH MY GOD, THE FOOD! He cooked for a group of 11 who come from New York, London, Chicago and LA, and eat at some of the world's best restaurants. I was personally at Eleven Madison the week before. We were all so, so impressed by how good the food was, better than so many highly rated restaurants that are impossible to get into. Cannot recommend James more highly and we'll definitely be inviting him to cook for us when we're in Sonoma again.
Jessica Ramsden - Aug 06 2021
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