Chef Covelli of Bijou Garden Café

Meet the Chefs

Sarasota has the most restaurants per capita for small cities. That means we have a lot of local, resourceful and creative chefs! #SavorSarasota is a great opportunity to credit the chefs who have brought so many great culinary experiences to the table on Florida’s Gulf Coast™.

Enjoy Savor Sarasota annually from June 1-14 where you can learn about the chefs preparing your multi-course meal as you taste your way through Sarasota County. 

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Chef Brent Austin has been part of the Crow’s Nest team for almost a decade and has been in the restaurant industry since he was a teenager. With his extensive experience and knowledge in seafood and...Learn More
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Born and raised in Napoli, Italy Luigi’s started working in the kitchen at the age of 12. He traveled around Italy and US to learn from the best chefs. In 2013 he came to Florida for a work...Learn More
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Johnny Zaki is a passionate and innovative Chef. He has always dreamt about cooking and travelling. His dream came true when he opened his first restaurant, Confusion Tapas, in 2004. With his...Learn More
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Chef Ken Lumpkin was born in Oakland, California to a Japanese mother and a decorated naval officer. Being raised in a traditional Japanese household, steeped in generations of old family recipes and...Learn More
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As a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, award-winning chef Christopher Covelli has earned success in the global culinary world, working professionally in seven different...Learn More
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Chef Smith has cooked French foods for more than 10 years, and he loves receiving rave reviews when customers sample menu items such as Steak & Shrimp Diane and Fresh Grouper Française. “I love...Learn More
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His love of cooking started with his mother Patricia. At an early age his mother had him on the kitchen counter helping with family dinners and baking delicious treats! At the age of fourteen Chef...Learn More
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Tripletail's Executive Chef, Trae Peavey, began working in kitchens at age 16. Like many of the hospitality industry's career professionals, Trae took his first step on the industry ladder in the...Learn More
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Executive Chef Joe Garcia oversees the culinary membership program at The Bistro at The Concession Golf Club. Joe has over 15 years of experience leading kitchens for upscale corporate restaurant...Learn More

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