Native son Chef William Jones, Jr. has been cooking up greatness in the kitchen for Power Forward-Center Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans as of late, however, his love for food and his passion for cooking started with humble beginnings long ago.
Growing up in the heart of the Crescent City, Chef Will developed his love for cooking at a very young age. “I can remember the scent of savory aromas in my mother’s kitchen growing up that still bring me back to why I started this journey.” Today, he is busy dedicating himself to his craft – honoring the memory of his mother by keeping the family tradition of cooking with love alive in each dish that he serves.
The creator of “Double Double Pasta,” an homage to Anthony Davis’s success on the hardwood and “Shockey Way Chicken,” named after former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey, Chef will boasts an ability to create signature dishes based on his clients’ personal tastes while preserving flavor profiles that marry Creole/Cajun cuisine with fusion food around the world. “I absolutely enjoy the cuisine in Louisiana as we have some of the most sought after recipes worldwide. We are culturally rich in that way and if I can take the knowledge that I learned in my mother’s kitchen as well as from my formal culinary education to create fusion food with a twist that connects people to one another in a unique way, my purpose is fulfilled.”
As the owner and executive chef of By Culinary Design, LLC, Chef Will has worked in the culinary arts arena for over seventeen years garnering respect for his ability to train, manage, and consult in his field.
Having attended Chattahoochee Tech in Atlanta, the Delgado Culinary Program in New Orleans, and graduating from Sclafani Cooking School, Inc. in New Orleans, Chef Will has been recognized with Leadership in Culinary Arts awards and other distinctions throughout
Among his many awards and accolades, Chef Will can be proud of his latest accomplishment – the development of his new collection of spices and sauces that will be hitting the store shelves soon.
In addition to preparing some personal favorites for NBA All-Star Anthony Davis, Chef Will has also created some culinary classics for Beyoncé, former Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie, former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey, former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, former New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jarrett Jack, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lebron James and many more.