Bradford Thompson


Bradford Thompson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and entrepreneur based in New York. He founded full-service culinary consulting company Bellyfull Hospitality and co-owns Jules Gourmet Foods, a line of Jamaican sauces and seasonings. Bradford has appeared in The New York Times and on Food Network.


Bradford discovered his culinary calling as a college graduate toiling in restaurants to pay off his student loans. He worked his way up the ranks, eventually helping Daniel Boulud open DB Bistro Moderne and collaborating on two cookbooks. As the executive chef of Mary Elaine's at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, he received accolades for creatively marrying French techniques with Asian flavors. Trips with his wife to her homeland of Jamaica, documented in Food & Wine, and his love of Jamaican cuisine inspired him to co-found Jules Gourmet Foods, in honor of his mother-in-law's renowned jerk sauce. He has been an executive consulting chef for celebrated Greenwich Village Jamaican restaurant Miss Lilly's Favourite Cakes. In addition to features in print publications, Bradford has appeared on the CBS Early Show, Today show, Food Network, and Fine Living Network.


Bradford graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in political science.

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