Chef James Phelan, better known as "Jay", has over 25 years experience in a professional kitchen and opened up J. William Culinary in March of 2011.
His passion is cooking as well as traveling. For several years he has enlisted the help of friends/co-workers to pull off amazing culinary adventures in Alaska, Thailand and Nicaragua with aspirations to offer many more in the near future.
Voted in the top 10 of Jacksonville Magazine's sexiest men of Jacksonville, his hair and his muscles stand out as two of his signature traits. The handsome chef, when pairing the company with his rugged good looks, makes his meals not only tantilizingly tasty but also, easy on the eyes. Hands off though ladies, he's taken! Follow him on social media to see the next adventures he and his love, Rhylee, take on together! Instagram: @jwilliamculinary
Chef Shantrell is no stranger to fine dining. Her unique touches and expertise lend a highly respected hand to the J. William Culinary menu, not only for our daily meals but as part of our catering services as well. You can find her in the kitchen or up front greeting the clients as often as you see Jay. She is an integral part to the J. William Culinary family and longtime friend to Jay Phelan.
Manager of Operations
Rhylee Gerber is responsible for making J. William Culinary run smoothly, customer service and the implementation of systems that help the company grow. She has been faithfully dedicated to JWC since February of 2014. In that time, she has built and brought to fruition web design and maintenance, our catering and event program, the Meal Plan structure, menu innovations, administration efficiencies, overseen lease and other contract agreements, as well as many other protocols. Her attention to detail and demand for excellence are without parallel and so is her work ethic. While the majority of her value to the company is managerial, she has always portrayed the unwavering willingness to "get the job done". Never is something "not my job" with Rhylee. Her ancillary and voluntary jobs have included cleaning gutters, roof repair, landscaping, kitchen work and deliveries, just to name a few. In her time and through her efforts, JWC has doubled in size and scope. It is fair to say that J. William Culinary wouldn't be incapable of such strides without her intellect and standards. While her passion for adventure and travel takes her to the most breathtaking places and away from our Jacksonville location at times, JWC and its success never leaves her mind. With aspirations to extend their growth both together and for the company, she persistently finds ways to keep Jay close to her side and 'in the know' with exciting new possibilities of travel and adventure. Rhylee is adept at troubleshooting and resolving issues from afar and has always been enthusiastic about being "on call" at all times. Instagram: @gerbs85
Eddie is your man when it comes to the kitchen. His implementation of his Puerto Rican heritage is crucial when coming up with new ideas for the menu.
If you haven't had a chance yet, taste his Kombucha when you can, its to die for!!
Kevin Kalil has most certainly made a name for himself here at J. William Culinary. As our local delivery driver, Kevin has taken it upon himself to familiarize his route with our most loyal customers as well as greet those at pet friendly homes with a little dog treat for their fur babies.
Kevin has become an integral and highly motivated staff member at J. William Culinary and has helped integrate new ideas with different promo codes and "gift packages" for new clients and old.
James William Phelan Jr.
Only some have known before, however, J. William Culinary is in fact named after Jay's one and only son, William. Often times you will see William helping to build a fire out on the patio or back in the kitchen with his daddy supervising the meal prep process.
William is an active boy and sweet as can be. He loves to introduce himself to clients and his favorite toy is Thomas the Train.