Born in the Big Apple and now making a splash in the Big Orange, Chef Jim Pastor was destined to be in the kitchen. Raised by Costa Rican parents, whose love of food and natural ingredients were instilled in Chef Jim at an early age.
It was in the West Coast of Florida that Chef Pastor found his calling, the abundance of local produce and learning the recipes passed down through generations of his family, Jim began to indulge in what would become his life’s passion.
Chef Jim enrolled in the University of Johnson & Wales in both Rhode Island and Miami so he could see the different seasonal produce and cultural diversity that makes up the very fabric of American Cuisine, after successfully completing his course and obtaining his degree, Jim embarked on his career in the auspicious Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne.
Chef Jim was part of the team that was awarded the AAA 5 Diamond Award, one of only four hotels in Miami with that distinction, Jim then became part of the award winning team at ‘Atrio’ in the Conrad Miami, where the fusion of Latin and Asian flavors won distinction of being the ‘Best Fusion Restaurant’ and ’Best Pan Asian Restaurant’ in the Miami New Times for two consecutive years.
To continue growing his career Jim switched coasts to become the Sous Chef at the Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach, California. There, Jim assisted in creating new menus, oversaw the hotels signature restaurant and became more involved with the catering aspects of a hotel.
This experience would prove vital as Jim was asked to return to Florida to open up the W South Beach as it’s Banquet Chef. This $28m F&B operation earned the accolade of being in the top 5 banquet departments in the whole of the Starwood North American properties. Jim also branched out in overseeing the award winning Solea restaurant and covering the Executive Chef during his absence.
Jim returned to Key Biscayne, the place where he began his career at the Ritz Carlton for him to embark on the most challenging position of his career to date. The Rusty Pelican, which after its renovations positioned him as Executive Chef for this iconic Miami restaurant. Through out the restaurant Jim is know as a strong leader and fun loving person, this in turn translates to his food. He where’s his heart on his sleeve and it shows in his cuisine. When he describes the food he has created he calls it comfort food with a twist, and wants to make the restaurant into the best seafood spot in Miami.
Director of Catering
Miami! Miami! My home town! I have lived in this beautiful city since toddler age and have seen it matured into the sophisticated and fun city that it is today. My personality reflects the city’s high energy and sophistication with a splash of mischief. My Father was in the hospitality industry for most of his life and I grew up visiting the famous Miami Beach Collins Avenue Hotel’s throughout it’s glam years of the opening of all the Grand Hotels; Doral on the Ocean, Eden Rock, Fontainebleau to name a few. As an adult the Hotel Marketing industry caught my attention and for several years worked in Commercial Real Estate Marketing. I had the opportunity to coordinate high end and very large grand opening events for restaurants and hotels. After many years of fantastic Hotel and Country Club career building experiences the love for Event Planning was in my blood. When the opportunity to be a part of the Rusty Pelican Team presented itself, it was a given that it would be a great partnership. Being a true Miami lover, Rusty Pelican was a part of my family’s lifestyle, many special days and celebrations were toasted here, including my very first date with my husband of 35 years!
To continue to grow and challenge myself, I embarked in this new phase with the iconic Rusty Pelican with my heart completely in it. My dedication to clients is noted in the many years of new and repeat client satisfaction. I laugh and enjoy every smile and I cry joyful tears with all of my clients. I ensure that all of their wishes and dreams are fulfilled and the 25 years of experience in this fabulous industry, guarantees both social and corporate clients a perfectly executed event.