People are always amazed at the quality of food that comes out of the tiny galley on the WW Durant. And the quantity! Some say it’s like a magician who just keeps pulling scarves out of his sleeve!
Who is responsible for this magic act? Jim Pohl, Dean and Donna’s younger son and number three child. Jim has been executive chef on the Durant for 18 years. Jim is 37 years old so that’s almost half his life! Hey, it’s a family owned and operated business. He has learned from some great chefs who worked for Raquette Lake Navigation during Jim’s youth. We salute Chef Gene Marks in particular. Chef Gene was impressed with Jim’s talent, drive and focus and encouraged him to work in the culinary field. In fact, it was his recommendation, himself a graduate of the CIA, that probably sealed Jim’s acceptance at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.