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James donates a lot of time to The James Beard Foundation, The Taste of the NFL, The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Share our Strength, and his favorite, Lifebeat, a music industry effort to reach America’s youth about HIV/AIDS prevention.
James Canora currently is the corporate chef of the original Delmonico’s Restaurant in Manhattan and is the coauthor with Judith Choate of Dining at Delmonico’s: The Story of America’s Oldest Restaurant. (Delmonico’s first opened its doors in 1837.) James oversees the restaurant’s main kitchen and special events and as well as their line of steak sauces and food products.
Dining at Delmonico's recently won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the "Best in the USA" catergory with a special award from the jury, and will compete for best in the world (more than 130 countries ) in Paris in February 2010.
He is a 10-year member of Continental Airlines Congress of Chefs, serving as the celebrity chef for the Northeast. His mission is to travel the region and spread the word about the airline’s Business First culinary program.
James also is the chef/owner of NYC Culinary Events, a nationally recognized food consulting and catering firm, which has provided consulting or catering for events such as the Masters Golf Tournament, the Ryder Cup, the Breeders Cup and the USTA for the U.S. Tennis Open.
James graduated from the Art Institute of Manhattan before honing his culinary skills at New York’s Tribeca Grill under Chef Don Pintabona. During his ten-year tenure there, he came to be responsible for all national and international special events and was project manager for The Tribeca Grill Cookbook and The Shared Table. Both books were coauthored by Judith Choate. His most book project was to test and write the recipes for Patti Labelle’s newest book, Recipes for the Good Life.
James promoted The Tribeca Grill Cookbook in Israel, Australia , Brazil and the UK, where he was featured on national news programs including Good Morning Australia. During this time, he assisted Chef Pintabona in Sicily for the Food Network’s My Country, My Kitchen, produced by award-winning producer Irene Wong.
James has been featured in the Washington Post and Global Traveler Magazine. He was a guest judge for Top Chef on Bravo with Anthony Bourdain.
He lives in New York City. His website is www.nycculinaryevents.com