James Messinger, CEC
James Messinger, a Certified Executive Chef as confirmed by the American Culinary Federation and founder of Crazy Chefs Caterers is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, with Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies in Culinary Arts Management. Chef James received the CIA Service Award given at commencement and served as vice president of the ETA SIGMA DELTA International Hospitality Honor Society. Chef James has extensive catering experience and is one of the most sought after Chefs in the catering industry, having spent time at Walt Disney's Contemporary Resort as Chef de Cuisine and as a speaker, teaching caterers from all around the world at various industry educational conferences.
In 2001, Chef James borrowed $50 from his grandfather to place an ad for catering services in the local town PennySaver. James rented space from local civic groups as the calls came in until he earned the money to pay for his first commercial kitchen. James was the executive chef, sales manager, event manager, and head dishwasher! After years of quality work and gathering the best team in the industry, James and The Crazy Chefs Caterers purchased a large commercial building outfitted with a state-of-the-art culinary center and an event space/restaurant pleasing to the most discerning of clientele!
In 2003 Chef James was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Metro South Chamber of Commerce and Fleet Bank Business Services. This award is extra special for James as it is an award derived from his community service as well as growth in business. Chef James is a vital resource for us here at Crazy Chefs Caterers and we are proud to be able to call upon him to ensure all of our clients and their guests are receiving the most innovative and quality centric menus for their special event.