Chef James Boyce brings nearly three decades of experience in the culinary industry to Huntsville, Alabama. His impressive career commenced at Hyde Park’s Culinary Institute of America before embarking on a journey that would lead him into the kitchens of some of the country’s most esteemed restaurants, including New York’s Le Cirque, Mary Elaine’s at the Phoenician Resort and Studio at the Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach, CA. Boyce carried these restaurants to national acclaim, bringing both Mary Elaine’s and Studio to national prominence with the much-lauded Mobil Five-Star award.
In 2009, Chef James Boyce opened his first restaurant, Cotton Row, with wife Suzan Boyce who also serves as the restaurant’s sommelier, in a three-story brick building built along the cotton exchange in Huntsville, AL. The culinary duo have since expanded their restaurant empire to include three additional, and very unique, restaurants – Pane e Vino, a casual family-friendly pizzeria situated below the Huntsville Museum of Art; Commerce Kitchen, a casual bistro just steps away from Cotton Row offering generations-old Southern cooking with a gourmet spin; and James Steakhouse, an upscale traditional American steakhouse.
Throughout his career, Boyce has been recognized for his creativity and artistry in the culinary realm. A two-time nominee for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s Best New Chef: Southwest (2002) and Pacific (2009), the seasoned chef is often featured in Food & Wine, Esquire, Wine Spectator and Bon Appétit, and is a regular fixture on NBC’s TODAY show. His national presence has solidified him as one of the South’s top chefs and a trailblazer for Huntsville’s emerging dining landscape.