Jim Burke, 34, is the owner and chef of James, a seasonally-focused, modern Italian restaurant in the Bella Vista neighborhood. Before opening James with his wife, Kristina, in 2006, Burke worked with top Philadelphia chefs Marc Vetri of Vetri (a Best New Chef 1999) and Vince Alberici of The Marker. He later headed the kitchen at Stephen Starr’s Angelina. He also did a stint at the Michelin-starred Ristorante Frosio in Almè, Italy.
Food & Wine appears to like James: Their risotta was previously named one of the best restaurant dishes of the year.
The full press release can be found here.
Food & Wine Magazine Names Best New Chefs in America 2008 [F&W;]
James [Official Site]