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James Alefantis

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James Alefantis is an American chef and restaurateur. He founded and owns two restaurants in Washington, D.C., including the pizzeria Comet Ping Pong, and American restaurant Buck's Fishing & Camping. He is also the president of the art gallery Transformer in Logan Circle, Washington, D.C.. In 2012, GQ named him one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C.[1]


Alefantis was raised in Buffalo, New York and Washington, D.C.[2] Prior to becoming a restaurateur, he owned a small art gallery in Georgetown, Virginia, and served as the general manager of Johnny's Half Shell for two years. He founded Buck's Fishing & Camping in October 2003 along with Carole Greenwood. Originally, the restaurant was called "Greenwood", and she was the restaurant's chef and he was its owner. Alefantis has said that he and Greenwood collaborated on every item on the menu at Buck's.[3] In 2006, he and Greenwood co-founded Comet Ping Pong, and Alefantis has served as the executive chef ever since then.[4]

Personal life

Alefantis is openly gay. He formerly dated David Brock, the CEO of Media Matters for America.[5]


  1. ^ Kang, Cecilia (November 21, 2016). "Fake News Onslaught Targets Pizzeria as Nest of Child-Trafficking". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Sietsema, Tom (July 8, 2007). "Game for Pizza". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Carman, Tim (October 16, 2009). "Carole Greenwood's Empire, Minus Carole Greenwood". Washington City Paper.
  4. ^ Rule, Doug (April 16, 2015). "From Scratch". Metro Weekly.
  5. ^ Winter, Jana (February 27, 2012). "Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement". Fox News.