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Chef’s Bio

Executive Chef James Hudson was born to run the kitchen at Jackson 20 in historic Old Town, Virginia. A history major, Hudson graduated from Minnesota State University and then shifted gears to pursue his passion, cooking. Today as executive chef of Jackson 20, with his obsession for great food and his love of history, he feels right at home.

Upon graduating from Johnson & Wales University, with an associate degree in culinary arts in hand, Hudson continued to excel in his work. Hudson succeeded as executive chef at renowned resorts and restaurants throughout the U.S. including: Spanish Wells Country Club and J Bistro in Florida, which was recognized as restaurant of the year by the Fort Myers News Press, Myrtles Bar & Grill in South Carolina, Sisters Bistro, and Garnet Hill Resort in New York. Hudson has been awarded several accolades throughout his career, winning low country “Iron Chef”, Buckhead Beef South Georgia Classic, and National Pork Counsels Taste of Elegance.   

Hudson’s exemplary culinary work is complemented by his executive chef certification from the exclusive American Culinary Federation. With his impressive resume, culinary experiences, and impeccable skills in the kitchen, Hudson has become an invaluable asset to Jackson 20 as executive chef.

Hudson currently resides in Old Town, with his family. When Hudson is not cooking in the kitchen, you can find him in the sky, as he is a licensed pilot and enjoys flying and being outdoors in his spare time.