Richmond native, J. Frank began his professional career in his hometown at the prestigious Commonwealth Club in the late 1970s. From there he gained international experience at the Hilton International in Munich, the Brauerei Gastof in Aying Aying, Germany and at Hintlesham Hall in Hintlesham, England. He returned to the states in the late 80s to work at the Indian Creek Country Club in Miami and from there to The Inn at Little Washington and the Urbana Inn in his home state of Virginia.
He came back to Richmond in 1991 where he gained widespread recognition for his culinary achievements at The Berkeley Hotel. Since 1995, J. has been the chef for the Lewis Family in Richmond.