The pursuit of highest level cuisine has taken Jay Phelan on an incredible journey. Upon leaving college to pursue his culinary passions, Jay spent three years developing his skills at the acclaimed Tuscan restaurant, Lo Spiedo di Noble, in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1999, he attended The French Culinary Institute in New York City. The culinary Mecca of American Cuisine provided Jay with an advanced level of knowledge and skill which prepared him for the challenge of running his own kitchens.
With an honors diploma in hand, Jay moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2002. After pursuing a position with the Medure Restaurant Group, he was placed at Restaurant Medure, in Ponte Vedra. In time, Jay would take the helm at Restaurant Medure, a position he would hold for three years. The next step within the group would be to become the Chef at the highly honored Matthew’s Restaurant, as well as running the company’s catering arm and a casual cafe, Take Away Gourmet. AAA recognized the restaurants at which Jay was the Chef with “Four Diamonds” for five consecutive years.
As his career was building, a new passion was growing stronger: health and fitness.
Over the years, Jay noticed many gym-goers struggling with the diet part of their health. Most either ate a bland, redundant diet or cheated on their diet often. He knew he could create meals that would remedy these issues and allow people to fully reap the rewards of their hard work. In March of 2011, Jay left his position with the Medure Restaurant Group and started J. William Culinary, a company that produces healthy, fresh fitness meals for active people.
Since, J. William Culinary has grown and diversified, accommodating a wide variety of nutritional needs. They produce paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and low-carb options that are delivered daily to all of Jacksonville, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches and ship nationally. Clients include elite athletes from the NFL, UFC, and CrossFit, fitness enthusiasts and busy professionals.
In June of 2014, Jay published Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman’s Guide to Cooking with Fire, a cookbook that Jay co wrote with Tony Federico. It has achieved awards from Paleo Magazine and was the answer to a question on the television show Jeopardy! Jay has also written for Muscle & Fitness Hers, Men’s Fitness, Jacksonville Magazine and other local publications. Other projects include paleo/CrossFit culinary adventures in Alaska and Nicaragua and Thailand, as well as preparing meals for the staff, media, attendees and athletes at the 2015 & 16 CrossFit Games in Los Angeles.