Community

James Van Dyke named executive chef in the Bahamas | Newsmakers

James Van Dyke ... executive chef at Pink Sands Resort, Harbour Island, Bahamas.  - Contributed photo
James Van Dyke ... executive chef at Pink Sands Resort, Harbour Island, Bahamas.
— image credit: Contributed photo

James Van Dyke has been named executive chef at Pink Sands Resort, Harbour Island, Bahamas.

Van Dyke is the son of Jeff Van Dyke of Friday Harbor and Molly Read of Kirkland. He is the stepson of Marcia Van Dyke and Warren Read. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2003. He attended culinary school in Portland, Ore., graduating in November 2005, and mentored under Chef Chris Nugent at Les Nomades in Chicago, Ill. Prior to moving to the Bahamas, Van Dyke was the chef de cuisine for Coobah's in Chicago.

Van Dyke discovered his passion for cooking when he took his first job as a dishwasher at Downriggers in Friday Harbor when he was 14. “It was definitely nothing glorious, but I think it was there that instilled a sense of family and pride in the kitchen," he said. "Bearded chefs yelling profanity, pots and pans flying, it was controlled chaos, like a ballet of overgrown, half-balding, harried men. They became my second family."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jul 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.