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ABOUT  JAMES

I am Venezuelan born (hence my love of Chocolate and Sunshine,) but grew up in the South West of England. Now, with over two-decades of professional culinary experience, I am currently the executive chef at Six Senses Hotel, Zighy Bay in Oman. 

 

Earlier in my career, I worked with several internationally respected chefs including Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Michael Caines, Jason Atherton, Peter Gorton and Andre Garrett. 

 

My style of cooking is inventive, progressive and intelligent; combining customer desire with industry knowledge to surprise and satisfy the diner through inimitable experiences is my goal, and is what I do best 

 

During a rewarding career of 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to have worked in some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and restaurants in the UK and the Middle East, including Sense of the Edge in Oman - winner of Best Restaurant Middle East 2012 – where I was chef de cuisine. 

 

I joined Emaar Hospitality Group in August 2015, as Executive Head Chef for the prestigious Dubai Marina Yacht Club, contributing to the property’s evolving culinary offerings. Staying with the same company, I then went on to become Executive Chef at the trendy luxury boutique hotel, Vida Downtown Dubai. 

 

I have had the great fortune to be filmed on two of the BBC’s prime-time cooking shows including Out of the Frying Pan and The Restaurant, as well as having conducted numerous public appearances at high-profile industry events. I have also featured in many international publications. 

 

Super-energetic and a unique live demonstrator, I have presented to audiences ranging in size from a handful at intimate dinner parties to 3,000 people at many BBC Good Food Shows, and this experience has helped me in becoming a competent public speaker with an excellent aptitude for comparing and hosting events. 

 

Equally, I also demonstrated and tutored at the multi-award-winning Ashburton Cookery School in Devon and the Exeter Catering College, both in the United Kingdom.

 

It is my privilege to announce that in December 2018, I was named as one of the 50 most influential people in food and beverage throughout the Middle East and Africa by Caterer Middle East. Knowing the level of talent among my peers in this region, I am deeply humbled.