Jamie Adams was born in Atlanta, but his passion for Italian cuisine was fueled by his New Orleans mother who was a fabulous cook in her own right.
While studying music, biology and English literature at Georgia State University, he simultaneously worked for the Mad Italian Restaurant in Atlanta. Following school in 1985, he found himself in Italy working his way through restaurants, hotels and resorts, eventually working at the Michelin-starred Locanda Del Sant Uffizzio near Asti, and then at Restaurant Ceresole in Cremona. He even taught a 5-day cooking course in Italian at Venice’s grand hotel, the Hotel Cipriani.
With skills in Italian preparation learned, he returned to Atlanta to work for Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, first at their Cappriccio (now Pricci) as sous chef, and then in 1993 as executive chef of Veni Vidi Vici. In 1995, the Great Chefs television team showed up to tape Chef Adams for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chef of the South series.
Veni Vidi Vici closed in early 2015, and Chef Adams along with General Manager Leonardo Moura, opened their new restaurant, il Giallo Osteria &Bar (“yellow” and “mystery” in Italian), in November of 2015.