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OUR CHEFS

james-martinJames Martin is our Executive Chef/Owner/General Manager of 85 Main which he opened in June 2005, partnering with Barry and Brian Jessurun of The Vanilla Bean Café. James is an accomplished self-taught chef with a career full of highlights. In 1999, James helped open The Back Eddy, a 250-seat restaurant with two­-time James Beard Award recipient Boston Chef Chris Schlesinger. He moved on in 2002 to be the Chef/Manager of The Vanilla Bean Café in Pomfret, CT. before opening 85 Main in 2005, setting a new standard of excellence in the “Quiet Corner.” With James at the helm, 85 Main has earned the support of its small-town community and beyond, becoming a catalyst in the revitalization of Downtown Putnam as a cultural and culinary destination.
[Learn more about Chef James Martin here]

 

Jeff Hemmig  is our Head Chef – he has not yet provided us with his bio. We keep asking. Fortunately that is the only problem we have, aside from the missing picture. Have you seen my knives? More info soon?

 

dara-lyDara Ly is our Head Sushi Chef – Born in Battambang, Cambodia, the leading Rice producing Provinces in the World.  He lived in North Kingston, Rhode Island for ten years, where he trained under Sushi Master Alan Sung at Seven Moon Sushi.  Dara now lives in Providence where he enjoys fishing, traveling, creating new dishes and Heineken.  His gentle & inviting presence is a welcome addition to the Sushi Bar at 85 Main. Dara is a true pleasure to work with and have as part of our team. Please visit him at the Sushi Bar.

 

Paige Breton is our Sous Chef – After a childhood spent in the restaurant industry, in 2006 Paige attended the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont where she developed a deep rooted appreciation for farming and agriculture.  This affinity for food and its origin motivated her to do work with Rhode Island College in 2011 to educate inner city kids on seasonal health conscious cooking. In 2007 Paige worked for the Max Restaurant group and shortly after found her professional fit with James Martin at 85 Main.  Here she grew through the ranks under James and learn the craft of Sushi from Chef Osaki.  She helped to open Dog Lane Café (with Brian & Barry Jessurun) as the head chef in 2012 helping the restaurant to integrate into the community and write a menu that featured a modern flare on casual food.  Paige believes that our food system connects culture, environment and community and uses her inspiration of healthy sustainable cooking to create food that highlights the simplicity of ingredients.  “If food had a voice what would it tell us to do with it?  Both ethically and creatively” When faced with an open canvas, she assess the potential of her ingredients by saying “what can I pair with this to feature its unique flavor?”