Monday, August 31, 2015

Please Welcome Chef James to RES! #vted

Born in Surrey, England, James is a professional chef with twenty two years of experience in the kitchens of Europe and North America. He began as an apprentice at the age of 15, and went on to cook in some of the best restaurants in England and the Channel Islands, including several Michelin-starred hotels. In addition to extensive experience in catering and working in the French alps, James has spent some years working as a chef on private yachts between the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Throughout his experiences he was always going to local markets and only using the freshest food.

James settled in the United States and has worked in various restaurants in Maryland and Vermont. He is currently working with Shelburne Farms, a nonprofit working farm and environmental education center in Shelburne, VT, where, for the last 5 seasons, he has overseen the operation of a local farm cart, serving produce and meats that are sourced directly from the farm

"Vermont is a special place we have such large amount of local food that is on our doorstep.  I am excited to be welcomed into your school and I will be keeping it fresh. I plan on using local, sustainable food from our farms as much as possible."

James seeks to be involved in:

Using local ingredients shared with our students

Inviting parents and children to be educated by myself about home cooking

Hosting children's cooking classes

Using menu development and specials for getting local ingredients to the students

Establishing field trips to local farms and also inviting farmers to come to talk about the ingredients at the school

"Let's work together to continue the greatness of our school food program and give our students the head start they need to grow!"


We are pleased to welcome Chef James MacPherson to the RES family.  James steps into the role of Chef at RES after Karyl Kent accepted a position in South Burlington.  We wish Karyl the best in her new adventures and can't thank her enough for helping to build the RES program to its current greatness (Letter from Karyl to the community).

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