Chef Jim Murphy

Chef Jim Murphy, Kingfisher

Jim Murphy – Chef 

Jim Murphy is one of Tucson’s top chefs.

His career began in 1974 as a busboy/kitchen worker in Phoenix restaurants. Moving to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona, he worked part-time to support his studies and moved up the house ladder at The Vineyard, Lunt Avenue Marble Club and Jerome’s Seafood Restaurant, where his passion for seafood was born.

After several years in Washington, DC as a chef at the Westin Hotel and a brief stint in Phoenix, Chef Murphy returned to Tucson to Jerome’s as the sous chef, then executive chef for two years. In 1990, he and wife, Jackie Rose, headed east when he attended and in 1993 graduated from The Culinary Institute of America.

Chef Jim has been a fixture on the Tucson culinary scene and an award-winning chef for 30 years. His devotion to his craft keeps him engaged and creative.