The last of four siblings, he grew up in Corpus Christi, eventually one of seven in a blended family. He grew up fishing, beach combing, and executing chore rotation as directed by the family. Piano, marching band and aquariums exhausted any potentially free or down time through high school graduation. Seven years and seven majors occupied his time at Texas A & M until he found my true passion: food! Beginning in a coffee shop and culminating in fine dining restaurants in the late 80’s, his career in restaurants moved him from College Station, to Victoria, to Dallas where he married his college sweetheart, Barbara, and moved to hotels as the venue for his passion of food. In 1990, he accepted the Banquet Chef position with The Worthington Hotel, eventually becoming Executive Chef there just before 2000. In 2003, he was recognized with the Award of Culinary Excellence, one of only nine of these awards given by Marriott International in 2003. While at the Worthington, he was recognized as Manager of the Quarter and Manager of the Year. He has been recognized as Chef of the Year three times by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association. He and his wife fell in love with Baja, Mexico in the summer of 1992 on a belated honeymoon trip. The desert, the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Cortez, and the cuisine all captivated us from the start. They return annually almost without exception, still bringing their two children Charles and Mary. Charles and Mary are alpha – omega students at The Oakridge School, starting in pre-K and staying through high school graduation. Charles now holds an Associate’s Degree from Tarrant County College, and Mary graduated cum laude from Austin College last May. Barbara holds a Computer Science degree from UNT and works for DXC Technologies as a certified Project Management Professional. They will be celebrating 30 years of marriage this coming May. His passions outside of work are fishing and gardening. He considers himself a “plant geek” and a connoisseur of good coffee, good wine, good food, and the “perfect Margarita.” He feels uncomfortable if he doesn’t have at least a couple of unread books around, and he has a strong curiosity about pre-prohibition bar history. Chef James is very excited about serving our Members and Guests at Mira Vista Country Club!