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James Martin

Tasty Burger


With six locations on the East Coast, from Boston to Washington, D.C., Tasty Burger is a modern American neighborhood burger restaurant. Outstanding fresh ingredients are cooked to order in an incredibly fun, laid back atmosphere that has made Tasty an instant classic. The burgers are made with all-natural hormone & antibiotic-free beef, alongside shakes, rings, fries, beer & wine; and surrounded by local artists’ work, free pool & foosball, and a jukebox with great music. Tasty Burger is the Official Burger of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the Official Burger of the Boston Calling Music Festival.

ABOUT JAMES MARTIN, Director of Food & Beverage at Tasty Burger

With more than 30 years of experience in fine dining Italian restaurants, James Martin brings a unique perspective to the operation of the growing East Coast burger chain, Tasty Burger. A native son of Rhode Island’s strong Portuguese community, James grew up in a family that treasured the tradition of home cooking with quality ingredients that evoke a sense of time and place. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design’s culinary program, James set off for Boston and the Back Bay Restaurant Group, where he would spend the next 20 years of his career. Beginning as an executive chef at Papa Razzi in Chestnut Hill, James rose through the ranks of the respected group very quickly, from an executive trainer tasked with overseeing new restaurant openings, such as the iconic steakhouse Abe & Louie’s on Boylston Street, to a regional director, to regional chef, and finally, concept chef.


What is your ultimate comfort food?
My Nana’s “Soupish” Portuguese Soup with Bread, Pasta, Kidney Beans and Her Blood Sausage

If you weren’t a chef, what would you be?
Musician or Pro Tennis Player

What three things are always in your pantry?
Peanut Butter, EVOO, Pastina

If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
No Question: Marco Pierre White and Dave DuBois