Jim has over 40 years of experience in the culinary industry including 10 years in hospitality at the Marriott and the Westin. He has trained under three certified executive chefs as well as a certified master chef. Jim grew up in El Paso, TX, and served in the Army as a Food Service Specialist at Fort Benning, GA. His favorite cuisine is Korean. He is married with three children and three grandchildren. In his free time, Jim enjoys hunting, fishing, and tinkering around his home in Ruidoso.