After several false starts with college and struggling to follow his passion of screenwriting, James was living with his parents in New Jerseyand was unsure about his direction in life.
James switched up his situation when he turned his attention to his hobby – cooking – and created a whole new path for himself.
In 2009 James moved to Austin to attend the Texas Culinary Academy and soon began working at Uchi, a James Beard award-winning Japanese restaurant. Earlier this year James became a junior sous chef at their new restaurant, Uchiko and has had his own items featured on the menu.
In this interview conducted in Austin, you’ll hear James discuss his path from career frustration to self-creation, the perils of perfection, and that if there’s something you want to do, you should probably go do it.
“Nothing mattered to me anymore but what I wanted.” – James Dumapit