James' career began at an early age, and whilst training at West Kent college in Tonbridge, he had his first taste of the catering industry as he worked at several renowned Kentish restaurants. Later continuing his journey in Jersey with his brother Chris, it wasn't long before Upstate New York beckoned, with James taking a position with the Roux brothers at the renowned Lake Placid Lodge. Upon his return to the UK, he headed to the 2 Michelin – starred restaurant Lettonie in Bath with Martin Blunos where he worked his way up the ranks before eventually opening his first restaurant with Chris in 1999.
Chris began his culinary career with a job in a local restaurant at the tender age of 12. After a City and Guilds course at West Kent college in Tonbridge, a position at the newly opened Brands Hatch hotel followed, before a five year stint with the Roux brothers in London at Le Gavroche/47 Park Street which also took him to New York and France. Back in the UK, stints on Jersey and a move to open the Kitley Hotel in Devon were next, before joining forces with his brother, James to open their first restaurant in 1999.