Fish House chef represents Fla. at cook-off

Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TALLAHASSEE – On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that Chef Jim Shirley will represent Florida at the 12th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off. The event, designed to spotlight America's best seafood communities and chefs, is scheduled for Aug. 8.

"Florida has won the Great American Seafood Cook-Off for three years, and we are excited to have another opportunity to participate and share the flavors and traditions of our great state," Scott said. "I chose Chef Jim Shirley to represent our state because he is a truly talented Floridian and a successful restaurateur who is incredibly dedicated to his craft. I look forward to supporting Jim as he secures a fourth win for the Sunshine State."

Florida chefs won the competition in 2006, 2010 and 2014

"As a native Floridian, it is truly an honor to represent our great state by sharing a signature dish that features Florida seafood," Shirley said. "I have built my career around some of the Sunshine State's most unique flavors and am proud to cook with fresh regional ingredients each day. I look forward to the competition and can't wait to showcase what Florida has to offer."

Shirley is a co-owner of The Great Southern Restaurant Group, Inc., which owns The Fish House, The Atlas Oyster House, and The Fish House Deck Bar in Pensacola and is co-owner of the Great Southern Café, 45 Central and The Meltdown on 30A in Seaside. He recently launched two new concepts in South Walton that feature southern cuisine: The Bay and 331South.

Shirley is also one of the five distinguished Celebrity Chefs of Pensacola who were invited to New York City to cook at the James Beard House for the past four years. His signature dish, Grits à Ya Ya, is celebrated around the nation, having been named "the best Southern dish in the state of Florida" by Florida Travel + Life magazine.

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