James Alefantis is an American chef and restaurateur. He founded and owns two restaurants in Washington, D.C.: the pizzeria Comet Ping Pong, and American restaurant Buck's Fishing & Camping. He is also the president of the art gallery Transformer in Logan Circle, Washington, D.C.. In 2012, GQ named him one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C.
Alefantis was raised in Buffalo, New York and Washington, D.C. Prior to becoming a restaurateur, he owned a small art gallery in Georgetown, Virginia, and served as the general manager of Johnny's Half Shell for two years. He founded Buck's Fishing & Camping in October 2003 along with Carole Greenwood. Originally, the restaurant was called "Greenwood", and she was the restaurant's chef and he was its owner. Alefantis has said that he and Greenwood collaborated on every item on the menu at Buck's. In 2006, he and Greenwood co-founded Comet Ping Pong, and Alefantis has served as the executive chef ever since then.
In 2016 James Alefantis's Comet Ping Pong was the subject of controversy during a crowdsourced online investigation known as "Pizzagate" with the restaurant suspected of being a hub for organized child sex trafficking, with his name "James Alefantis" also suspected of being an alias due to its similarity to the French phrase "J'aime les enfants" which loosely translates as "I love children". As of 2017, no official criminal investigation or criminal charges have been filed by the FBI or the Metropolitan Police Department.
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