AUSTIN, Texas – Lone Star Court, a Valencia Hotel Group property, has hired James Wilson as executive chef of the hotel and onsite bar and restaurant, The Water Trough.
Originally from North Carolina, Wilson started cooking in a professional kitchen when he was 13 years old. Wilson studied his craft at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin. His career has taken him to dining establishments including the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Morrison Management Specialists, and ATX FIT CHEF.
Wilson comes to Lone Star Court from the University of Texas Southwestern, where he served as executive chef. During his time there, Wilson oversaw all kitchen functions, managing a team of more than 250 people.
“We are thrilled to welcome James to the Lone Star Court team,” said William Barba, hotel general manager. “Aside from his impressive background, he leads by example and offers a deep understanding of the hospitality and service we aim to provide to our guests.”
“I’m overjoyed to be joining the Lone Star Court team,” said Wilson. “The property showcases true Southern hospitality and I look forward to engraining that thoughtfulness into each dish we serve.”