James Syhabout

Food is a relationship

"Food is the foundation for everything."

James is an iconoclastic chef who has created a world of abundance and admiration via creative and adventuresome cuisine.

The mosaic is simple. A little Thai, a little Chinese, global travel and a love affair with food since the sixth grade.

Young, modest and bold, James has been on quite a ride. Besides his restaurant Commis receiving the first and only Michelin Star rating in his hometown of Oakland, he also opened Hawker Fare, a unique urban neighbourhood eating place and the site of his mom’s first restaurant.


Food Is Love
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Although James won a Michelin star only three months after opening his first restaurant (a fine dining eatery), you get the feeling that it's his second, more down to earth family style restaurant that holds his heart. In this talk James explains ho...
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