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Bill Van Pelt: James on Main

A boy from Independence who took to the culinary life young, proving his mettle and talents while working for others, returned almost-home to set up a farm-to-table restaurant in the town he long loved. Today he joins the Garden State’s elite Chef Train club – and, as his selector says, “he’s been crushing it” for years.

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JAMES ON MAIN, 105 Main St., Hackettstown. 908-852-2131. Website: Emails: and Follow on Facebook and Instagram @jamesonmain.


Chef Train appears the last Saturday of every month. Last month’s honoree selects this month’s honoree who in turn chooses next month’s honoree. And so on down the line.


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