"Chef James Herrera is making his mark on the South Texas culinary scene! This is what dining should be! Tremendous food. Wonderful atmosphere. Tuck away in a cozy corner for a romantic dinner, or bring the family and sit on the beautiful patio. This will quickly become your favorite place!" - Yelp Reviewer
"Because food can completely change a person's mood, it must be respected, with fresh ingredients and not rushed. I like to take the classics that we all know and love and put my own twist on them. Its a style of cooking called New American Cuisine or the process of using sauces and seasonings to enhance already established dishes. Food should not be boring. It should be able to excite all of your senses."
-Chef James Herrera
For me, food is life. It is only third to my faith and my family. I have always wanted to create with food. I am drawn to it and the longer I'm in the business, the more I love it.
I remember being fascinated as young man watching my mother cook. It was a time when cooking was becoming popular with the emergence of the Food Network and television cooking shows. I didn't like to do chores, as most kids don't, but my parents agreed to pay me five dollars for every meal that I cooked for them. Getting paid to do what I already loved was the catalyst to my career.
I studied at the Texas Culinary Academy, a Le Cordon Bleu program. There I learned the proper steps to creating beautiful food. I then went to work at Huisache Grill in New Braunfels as a part of an externship experience. I worked my way up to the Executive Chef position in a few years and met my future wife. I then moved to Medina County and began working as a private chef for a couple of upscale exotic game ranches.
With the love and support of my family, I now have the opportunity to live out my dream by owning and operating my own restaurant. I love to watch the faces of the people that I have the privilege to serve. There is nothing better than the enjoyment on their faces when they are eating delicious food.