Chef James

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Chef James
Born James Tahhan
(1988-10-26) October 26, 1988 (age 28)
Los Teques,  Venezuela
Education Le Cordon Bleu
Home town Miami, FL
Website www.jamestahhan.com
Culinary career
Cooking style Modern Latin American cuisine, Fusion cuisine, Spanish cuisine, and Middle Eastern cuisine

James Tahhan, (born October 26, 1988), better known as Chef James, is a Venezuelan chef, television personality, restaurateur, and author. He is best recognized for being the official chef of Telemundo, and being a co-presentor of its morning show Un Nuevo Dia. In 2014, together with his friend, television personality Raúl González, Chef James opened his first restaurant, Sabores - by Chef James . It has subsequently been named one of the best restaurants in Miami. In 2016, Chef James released a cookbook, The Homemade Chef: Ordinary Ingredients for Extraordinary Food.

Early life and education[edit]

James Tahhan was born in Los Teques, Venezuela, the son of Bachir Wahbi Tahhan, of Syrian-Armenian descent, and Mimi Masri, of Syrian-Venezuelan descent. He was later joined by one brother, Wahbi Tahhan. During his formative years, James learned home cooking from his parents. During this period, James was also influenced by David Abal, a neighbor and professional chef from Galician descent, who taught James the basics of at-home cooking.[1]

At the age of 13, James emigrated to the United States with his mother, ultimately settling in Miami, Florida. James began to work in order to help his mother pay the household bills.[2]

James suffered from childhood obesity, yet this did not impede him from pursuing sports. James particularly excelled in martial arts, where he was twice ranked number one in his division, and won the US Open Martial Arts Championship.[3]

At the age of 16, Tahhan decided to go to college and study chemistry in order to become a dentist. At the same time, he started working on radio, as a spokesperson for different brands and products, where his advertisements played on radio stations including WAMR-FM, WAQI, and WMGE.[4]

After two years, Tahhan attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Miami, where he specialized in international cuisine and pastries.[5] While attending school, he also started his own catering business, called Avokado.[6]

Television career[edit]

Early career[edit]

His first job after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu was as a line-cook at “Arabian Nights”, a Mediterranean restaurant in Miami.[7]

After almost six years working with different brands and products on radio, Tahhan auditioned for a position in Telemundo.[8] He responded to an open-call audition for Telemundo’s morning show Levantate (now known as Un Nuevo Día). He was named the official chef co-host of the show and the network.[9]

Telemundo[edit]

Currently, Tahhan is a co-host of the morning show, Un Nuevo Día, which has earned him two Emmy Awards.[10]

Tahhan has crossed-over to the English market. During an initiative named "Healthy Week" by the network NBC Universal, he spoke to American viewers, promoting healthy meals that could be made at home.[11]

During Hispanic Heritage Month, Tahhan was chosen to participate in segments of the Today Show, where he shared his thoughts on Latin American dishes.[12]

Utilísima[edit]

On March 2012, James was selected by Utilísima to be one of their newest faces on their hit T.V. show, “Puro Chef”.[13] He has subsequently participated on the 4th and 5th season of the show, and has conducted the special Thanksgiving edition.[14]

Author[edit]

In 2016, Tahhan released a cookbook, The Homemade Chef: Ordinary Ingredients for Extraordinary Food. The cookbook become a best-seller both regionally and internationally on Amazon.com.[15] Tahhan is also a food columnist and has written for "Venue Magazine", where he gives readers recipes, cooking advice, and his thoughts on healthy living.

Restaurateur[edit]

In 2014, Tahhan opened his first restaurant, Sabores, together with his friend and television personality, Raúl González. "People think it's rice and beans and shredded meat, and really it's this hidden treasure that nobody has pushed. We wanted to change that," he said.[16] He first traveled to Latin America to better understand Latin American cuisine.[17]

Public image[edit]

Tahhan has been named one of the leading Latin chefs in the U.S,[18] and "Miami's Hottest Chef". Once source commented, “Not many chefs have their own restaurant, host an Emmy-award winning television morning show…but James Tahhan isn’t like many chefs.”[19] In 2013 and 2014, Chef James was recognized by Latin Gourmet as the Chef of the Year.[20]

Tahhan has been awarded the “Social Media Chef” of the year.[21] He was selected for the “50 Most Beautiful People” edition of People en Español magazine.[22]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Torres, Carla. "Meet James Tahhan, Miami's Hottest Chef". The Latin Kitchen. 
  10. ^ "Talent Bios". NBC Universal Media Village. 
  11. ^ "Talent Bios". NBC Universal Media Village. 
  12. ^ "Talent Bios". NBC Universal Media Village. 
  13. ^ "James Tahhan Sabores by Chef James". SOBEfest. 
  14. ^ "James Tahhan Sabores by Chef James". SOBEfest. 
  15. ^ "Cocina en casa con chef James: Ingredientes simples para una cocina extraordinaria (Spanish Edition)". Amazon. 
  16. ^ Torres, Carla. "Meet James Tahhan, Miami's Hottest Chef". The Latin Kitchen. 
  17. ^ Torres, Carla. "Meet James Tahhan, Miami's Hottest Chef". The Latin Kitchen. 
  18. ^ Carter, Natalia. "10 Leading Latin Chefs in the U.S.". Que Rica Vida. 
  19. ^ Torres, Carla. "Meet James Tahhan, Miami's Hottest Chef". The Latin Kitchen. 
  20. ^ "James Tahhan Sabores by Chef James". SOBEfest. 
  21. ^ "James Tahhan Sabores by Chef James". SOBEfest. 
  22. ^ "Talent Bios". NBC Universal Media Village.