As a portfolio manager, James Barrow is used to catering to investors.
The CIO and co-founder of Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss Inc., Mr. Barrow has also been known to don a chef's hat to prepare meals for employees in Dallas.
But it wasn't until a recent trip to Honduras, where he cooked for a hungry bunch of doctors, dentists and missionaries, that Mr. Barrow really felt the heat.
"It was a job," said Mr. Barrow, who manages $29.5 billion in large-cap value assets and co-manages $4.2 billion in midcap value assets with portfolio manager Mark Giambrone.
Mr. Barrow and his wife, Jean, traveled to an area outside Tegucigalpa in late June with a group from The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, as part of a mission that provided a medical and dental clinic, as well as education to about 125 children.
Over the course of the 10-day trip, Mr. Barrow and his wife cooked lunch and dinner, feeding as many as 300 people, depending on whether farmers in the area chose to dine with the group, Mr. Barrow said. Their makeshift mess hall ran without the help of running water or refrigeration.