Chef James Canora
James Canora is the corporate consulting chef for The Original Delmonico’s Restaurant, established in 1837 in New York city, where he oversees special events as well as their line of steak sauces and food products. He is a fifteen year member of United Airlines “Congress of Chefs” where he serves as Celebrity Chef for New York City and the northeast region, traveling the world representing their Business First* Culinary Program. He is the author of Dining at Delmonico’s “The story of America’s oldest restaurant”, a Best in The World 2009 winner at The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Canora is the chef/owner of NYC Culinary Events, a nationally recognized food consulting & catering firm which has worked with corporate clients at the Masters Golf Tournament, the Ryder Cup, Breeders Cup & the U.S. Tennis Open.
James graduated the Art Institute of Manhattan in 1993 with a 4.0 GPA, and honed his skills at Tribeca Grill under acclaimed Chef Don Pintabona. During his ten-year tenure at Tribeca, Jimmy was responsible for special events and was the project manager on both “The Tribeca Grill Cookbook”, and “The Shared Table”, which he researched in Italy. He consequently became known as “chef to the stars".
Jimmy has donated much of his free time to charitable organizations such as The James Beard Foundation, Taste of the NFL, The National Foundation for the Advancements of The Arts, Share our Strength, Lifebeat and The Music Industry Fights Aids. Chef Canora has been featured in The Washington Post, Global Traveler Magazine, and on Bravo’s Top Chef* as a celebrity guest Judge. Chef Canora was the recipe writer and tester for Patti Labelle’s latest cookbook “Recipes for the good life”. This is Jimmy's first year as a Taste of the Derby chef representing New York's aqueduct racetrack.