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This profile was last updated on 9/14/04  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Employment History

Education

  • Le Cordon Bleu
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Le Francais | Spirited Haute Cuisine
www.lefrancaisrestaurant.com, 14 Sept 2004 [cached]
Wendi JamesPastry Chef
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Wendi James, Pastry Chef of Le Francais, simply considers herself as "the girl who makes desserts."However, her inventiveness, expertise and dedication to creating "an experience" make her much more than just that.
James' relationship with Le Francais dates back to her 16th birthday.Taken to the restaurant as a birthday gift, James was treated to a kitchen tour and met the famed Chef Banchet.From that moment, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career as a chef.
Degrees in Hospitality Management and Cuisine and Pastry from the University of Illinois and Le Cordon Bleu, respectively, provided a solid foundation for James to start building her dream.James honed her skills in the kitchens of such 5 star restaurants as Daniel in New York City, The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va. and Charlie Trotter's in Chicago before coming back to the place where it all started - Le Francais.
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At Le Francais, James constantly invents new pastries."I try to avoid 'signature' dishes because that means I'm stagnant," said James, "If I'm not always changing and creating then I may as well work in an office."When developing a new dish, James first decides what ingredients she wants to work with, taking into consideration ingredients of the season; then, she chooses complimenting flavors, often featuring "savory" accents - a style she acquired in her experience as a line cook - spices, herbs and nuts are a few of her favorites; next, she determines what form the components will take; and finally, James plays with the ingredients, tasting and tweaking until she deems the treat perfect."Dessert is a very personal thing with a lot of nostalgia attached to it.I try to make sure everyone can find one thing on my menu that they love," said James.
When not at the restaurant, James enjoys cycling and reading.
Paris-trained chef Wendi ...
www.ncs.cathedral.org, 24 Jan 2013 [cached]
Paris-trained chef Wendi James and her staff will come to your home with the culinary know-how, supplies, and kid-friendly patience to engage, instruct, and have fun with little cooks of all ages.
Dessert Bakery Business Plan Sample - Management Summary - Bplans
www.bplans.com, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Wendi James, the chef and proprietor, will initially serve as the only dessert bar chef, as well as the store manager and the instructor for the weekly lessons. Being a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France with experience in three five-star restaurants she is well prepared for the jobs of chef and instructor. In addition, her degree from the University of Illinois, C-U in Restaurant Management equally prepares her for the managerial aspects of the business.
Daily Herald Time out! Suburban Chicago's Entertainment Guide
www.dailyherald.com, 23 Dec 2003 [cached]
Also impressive is pastry chef Wendi James's fallen chocolate souffle served with a dollop of butterscotch ice cream.
Wendi James, the chef and ...
www.bplans.co.uk, 14 Sept 2008 [cached]
Wendi James, the chef and proprietor, will initially serve as the only dessert bar chef, as well as the store manager and the instructor for the weekly lessons.Being a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France with experience in three five-star restaurants she is well prepared for the jobs of chef and instructor.In addition, her degree from the University of Illinois, C-U in Restaurant Management equally prepares her for the managerial aspects of the business.
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