Pensacola Celebrity Chefs
- Chef Dan Dunn of H2O at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front will present Oyster Stew.
- Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse will present Smoked Mullet Dip.
- Chef Jim Shirley of The Fish House will present Seafood Thai Molee.
- Chef Gus Silivos of Skopelos at New World will present Grilled Octopus with Sun-Roasted Tomatoes and Hummus.
- Chef Frank Taylor of Global Grill will present a Seafood Ceviche.
Just as cuisine has become an interwoven part of the Pensacola Bay Area, so have five of its best-known chefs. The Pensacola Celebrity Chefs have become the faces of the destination’s culinary scene and lend their talents to a number of year-round local events and festivals.
The celebrity status isn’t merely local either. In 2009, during Pensacola’s 450th anniversary, the chefs cooked for King and Queen Sofia of Spain at a banquet of 500 guests and have hosted sold-out events, including four consecutive dinners at the acclaimed James Beard House in New York City.
This September the chefs will take the Gulfside Pavilion stage to cook up some coastal recipes, share their favorite tricks of the trade, answer questions and dish out samples of their creations at the annual Taste of the Beach.
Meet the Chefs:
DAN DUNN – Known locally as “Dano,” Dan Dunn has been a celebrated chef in Pensacola for more than 20 years. Dan’s passion and creativity have earned him a loyal local following. As executive chef of the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, Dan’s hybrid style and use of fresh, local ingredients are an exciting contribution to the Hilton’s in-house restaurants H20, Latitudes Bar and Grill and the Hilton’s extensive private events and weddings.
IRV MILLER – Considered one of the great chefs of Northwest Florida, Jackson’s Steakhouse Executive Chef Irv Miller is recognized as one of the originators of the “radical” experiment that CNN dubbed “New Florida Cooking,” and is hailed as a pioneer of Florida Coastal Cooking along the Panhandle. Irv’s recipes and articles have been included in CNN’s “On the Menu,” Bon Appetit, Food Arts, Food and Wine, Florida Trend, Coast Food, Florida Living, Southern Living and Atlanta magazines.
JIM SHIRLEY – Jim is the executive chef of The Fish House, Atlas Oyster House and The Deck Bar in Pensacola. His style of cooking is one that he likes to call “Modern Southern.” Chef Shirley has appeared on the Travel Channel’s show “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” and was chosen to go to Washington D.C. to feature his signature dish, Grits a Ya Ya, in A Taste of the South event.
GUS SILIVOS – Chef Gus is a third generation restaurateur who began working in the family business at the age of 11. He learned each aspect of the restaurant business with hands-on experience. Today, Chef Gus is the executive chef for Skopelos at New World and owns Nancy Haute Affairs, offering gourmet meals to go and catering services. He is a founding member of the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation and was instrumental in the development of a local culinary and apprenticeship program with Pensacola State College.
FRANK TAYLOR – Chef Taylor is the owner and executive chef of Global Grill, an upscale tapas bar and restaurant in downtown Pensacola. Frank and his wife, Jane, opened Global Grill in 2003, introducing Northwest Floridians to the tapas style of dining. Franks’ unique culinary creations combine Mediterranean, European, Asian and American influences. He takes pride in using the freshest local, seasonal seafood and produce to create innovative and exciting taps and main plates.