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
James was amazing. The food was incredible. He even shared a few recipes and pointers!
Brewster Smith - May 30 2022
Chef James did a great job. The entire experience was professional and every course was amazing. We were very happy with the dinner.
Eric Lenahan - Jan 04 2022
The food was incredible. Chef James and his team made this a birthday celebration we will never forget!
Nadia Mansour - Dec 13 2021
Wonderful experience. We were celebrating my mom's 70th and my father's heath meant we couldn't handle a public restaurant so we decided to bring the dinner to them. We had a wonderful dinner experience for a total of 9 guests. From the moment the cheif entered he was working hard. Easily 6+ hours of work. Everything was made on site. It was a truly great experience and everyone was talking about the food!
Each cheif may be different, but I recommend as the host making as much space available in the kitchen, prepping the table and laying out plates a head of time. When talking to the cheif be clear on desired start and finish time. It's a lot of work and these little things seemed to help out a lot.
David Melis - Oct 18 2021
Book your experience with Chef James
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.