A native of Northern Virginia, Chef John-Michael Hamlet developed his passion for fine cuisine at an early age. In high school, he worked in various restaurant kitchens throughout the region and was awarded a coveted 2-week stint at Le Cordon Bleu, in London, England by Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). His extraordinary talent, coupled with his fervor and dedication, ultimately earned him a degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York in 1996. During his time at school he worked under Chef Patrick O’Connell at the World Renowned restaurant The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA. Upon graduating school he moved to Boston and worked up and down for the next coming years.
In 2002, Chef John-Michael returned to the Northern Virginia region and worked as the Executive Chef at Stone Manor Inn in Middletown, MD. His stellar cuisine at Stone Manor Inn earned him critical acclaim and a slew of accolades, including a score of 27 for food in Zagat and a spot on Washingtonian Magazine’s “The 100 Very Best Restaurants” list.
In 2007, Chef John-Michael opened John-Michael’s Restaurant in North Salem, NY, fulfilling his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. In the 3 ½ years the restaurant was in operation, Chef John-Michael, his wife and their staff received numerous awards in the Westchester area and was ranked as one of the top 15 restaurants in Westchester by The New York Times. During this time, John Michael appeared many television cooking spots
Chef John-Michael is thrilled to be on the Island. He is proud to be heading up the kitchen and looks forward to sharing his mouthwatering dishes with its returning guests & first timers at Old Stone Farmhouse.
CHEF JEAN-MICHAEL HAMLET
Old Stone Farmhouse History
The Old Stone Farm House Restaurant is an award-winning, fine dining restaurant set in a 200-year old, restored plantation field house overlooking the lush countryside of St. Thomas.
The once 300-acre plantation stretched from Magen’s bay to Mandahl. More than two centuries ago the Old Stone Farmhouse was the core of a Danish sugar plantation at Estate Lovendahl. The graceful arches, two- foot-thick walls and majestic rafters are reminiscent of St. Thomas during the days of the flourishing Clipper Ship trade, sugar plantations on lush rolling hills and the aristocratic mansions of prosperous merchants.
Today this magnificently converted farm building is considered one of the best examples of classic West Indian architecture on the island. The restaurant features "Chef Inspired" fine dining in an intimate and elegant atmosphere. The cuisine is ingredient-driven and will change with each season.