James began his career in food at the age of 16 by working in a local restaurant whilst still at school, after which he studied for his City & Guilds in catering at West Kent College.
James's post college career took him to the Roux Brothers at The Lodge in upstate New York and on his return from America, obtained a position with Martin Blunos at his 2 star Michelin restaurant ‘Lettonie’ in Bath.
In 1999, James and his brother Chris opened their first restaurant ‘Tanners’ which they ran successfully until October 2014, along the way gaining Best AA Restaurant in England for 2007/8. In 2006 they opened the well renowned ‘Barbican Kitchen’ brasserie, which is housed in the world famous listed Plymouth Gin Distillery building and in 2014 the brothers opened their latest venture ‘The Kentish Hare’ pub restaurant in Bidborough, Kent, which has already received several industry accolades.
James has been involved with the prestigious Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or as chairman of Judges since 2005, heading up a team of industry professionals nurturing young talent and future stars of the catering industry.
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