Food Forager

Meet the Food Forager & Director of Culinary Education, Chef James McNamee

Chef James McNamee is the Director of the Culinary Center at Ocean House. In his position, he creates and leads culinary classes and activities for the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts (CWCA) at Ocean House.

Chef James joins Ocean House with several years of international culinary experience. In 2018, Chef James was a Demi-Chef de Partie under the leadership of Sylvestre Wahid at Restaurant Sylvestre, the two-star Michelin establishment at Hôtel Thoumieux in Paris, France. He later served as a chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, a three-star Michelin restaurant in Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Chef James was also a private chef on the Island of Crete, creating daily breakfast, four-course lunch, and five-course dinner menus with produce from local farmers.

Chef James is a native of New England who attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

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