He’s a self-taught professional cook, a restaurateur, a champion bass fisherman and avid hunter, a TV personality and an engaging spokesperson, who lives in the woods of Northern Vermont with his wife, two daughters and coonhound Vidalia.
Jimmy was born and raised in rural Northeast Mississippi, where he learned to hunt, fish and cook at a very young age. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, Jimmy moved to Capitol Hill, and worked as a legislative assistant to Congressman Webb Franklin, where his passion for the outdoors helped secure a Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He eventually ventured to NYC, where he started a catfish distribution business, and became partners in two restaurants, Acme Bar and Grill and Nadine’s.
In 1991, he opened River Run restaurant in Vermont, which would become a nationally known destination. For 20 years, Jimmy’s southern cooking received outstanding reviews from food critics across the country; the Boston Globe called it “one of the best restaurants in New England.”
Jimmy, a professional bass fisherman since his teens, competes on the B.A.S.S. and FLW circuits. He’s been a featured guest on Charlie Moore Outdoors, and has been interviewed by several national publications.
He’s the author of a cookbook, The River Run Cookbook: Southern Comfort from Vermont and the recipient of several culinary awards. For the past five years, Jimmy has proudly represented Cabot Creamery Cooperative as a spokesperson and celebrity chef, appearing on dozens of TV news programs across the country. He even prepared dinner for rock stars Daryl Hall and Gavin DeGraw on the nationally syndicated hit series Live from Daryl’s House. When he’s not competing as a professional fisherman, doing live TV appearances or cooking for rock stars, Jimmy works with kids as a Let’s Go Fishing Instructor for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Service. To follow Jimmy in his travels, click here.
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