James began cooking as a child with his grandmother while he and his sister spent summers with his grandparents. James’s grandmother was passionate about making everything she could from scratch for her family from jams and jellies to bread and pasta while taking full advantage of her large garden.
With this start to his culinary career, James attended the Arizona Culinary Institute where he graduated with honors. He then spent his first few years learning the basic ins and outs of the restaurant business in the Phoenix Valley.
In 2010, James relocated to Oregon to become the Sous Chef at The Joel Palmer House. It was here that he met his wife, Kathryn, who is also a chef. After 3 years at the Joel Palmer House, James and Kathryn got married. After the wedding, they took to the road, working seasonal jobs in Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana. They spent the first two seasons tackling challenging remote fishing lodges and guest ranches as a husband and wife chef-team. The rest of the year they spent traveling the world.
James and Kathryn recently moved back to Oregon to settle down a bit, moving into an old farm house just outside of Dayton, OR. Here they keep chickens, hope to have a large garden and raise livestock while taking advantage of the wonderful local produce being grown all around them.
Tina Landfried has been cooking in restaurants and catering companies, on and off, for 40 years. Most recently, she was at her own restaurant, Tina’s, in Dundee, Oregon, in the Wllamette Valley’s beautiful wine region. She has recently moved back to Oregon to care for her new granddaughter and also indulge to her love of gardening. We are thrilled to have Tina and her expertise join our team!