James began his journey into the world of food service around the dawn of the era of big hair and bright colours; the 80s. His first gig, which he worked in the middle of his teenage years, was at a now defunct Japanese restaurant by the name of New Toraia. After a few years, he’d end up working at a variety of restaurants from the Berkeley Bakery and Cafe, Skates by the Bay, and Cafe Pescatore. In 1994, James moved up to Alaska to work at the Kenai Merit Inn and three years later moved to Anchorage, where he took up a career with Simon and Seaforts. At Simon and Seaforts, he acquired the title of executive chef, and continued to work there up until 2015. Even though he worked a demanding schedule, he took what free time he had to engage in other ventures. One such ventures was undertaken with his business partner and friend, Roger “Big Roy” Paniptchuck.
“Big Roy” is no stranger to the food industry in Alaska. From bartending, to banquets, and specialty parties; Big Roy is well known. Roy grew up and started his career learning Panamanian cuisine from his mother, a true master in her field. Traveling with his family throughout Central America and the Hawaiian Islands, Big Roy’s culinary roots started with the peoples’ food: Home-style food cooked with love for the families.
Roy settled down in Seattle, working as a fish peddler in Pier 36, and started cooking at Jacks Seafood Spot in 1990. In 1995 Roy moved back to Anchorage, where he followed his path, working one on one with the guest. A natural people person, Big Roy excelled first as a waiter, then banquet server, and then guest coordinator. His love for people and food would soon cross paths with James, and Two Fat Guys Catering was born.
Two Fat Guys Catering opened at the Saturday and Sunday Market on 3rd street Saturday morning selling chocolate dipped cheesecake and dipped strawberries. They’d go on to purchase the Anchorage establishment of Burrito Heaven in 2010, and then the Cadillac Cafe, located in Meadow Lakes, in 2012. Even wearing so many hats, James and Roy worked together to make their joint business thrive.
Two Fat Guys Catering strive every day to give their guest the culinary delights they grew up with; crave-able food that creates memories that would satisfy even a fat guy:
Never trust a skinny cook.