Randy Windham was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and became interested in cooking because his mother ran a catering company. After graduating from Louisiana State University (LSU), he attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute, and then served an internship at 21 Federal in Nantucket before returning to intern at the Bistro at Maison de Ville under Great Chef Susan Spicer. He worked up the kitchen ladder at restaurants on the east coast, including SoHo and Onda in New York City, and from 1986 to 1990, at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta.
In 1991, he returned to New Orleans as executive chef of Maison de Ville, replacing Great Chef John Neal. In 1992, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Windham for the Discovery Channel’s new Great Chefs television series, the Louisiana New Garde (episodes 2, 8 & 21).
In 1994, he moved to San Francisco to spend four years at the Zuni Café, then two years at the Liberty Café, and two more years at Café Monk before joining Google’s Bon Appétit Management Company. He is now a buyer for organic fruits for a San Francisco produce company.