A Greenwich Village native, James Kent started his culinary career as a summer apprentice at Bouley when he was fifteen. After graduating from Johnson and Wales, James did stints in the kitchens at Babbo, Jean-Georges and Gordon Ramsey before landing at Eleven Madison Park where he eventually became Sous Chef then Chef de Cuisine. Under his leadership, EMP received nearly every accolade bestowed on a restaurant including four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, and a coveted spot on the San Pellegrino list of the World's 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, James left the NoMad to pursue his first solo project, a pair of restaurants in a landmark Art Deco building in Manhattan’s financial district. The first, Crown Shy, was awarded the highest rating from the Infatuation in 2019 and earned its first Michelin star just six months after it opened.