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Chef Jim Shirley

Grand Champion Executive Chef

2016 WINNER PERFECT IN SOUTH WALTON

A FEW OF THE AWARDS AND ACCOLADES JIM'S RESTAURANTS HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED

WINNER

The Bay

Great Southern Café

The Meltdown on 30A

2016 WINNER

The Bay

Great Southern Café

Southern Boy Cooks

Nationally recognized restaurateur Chef Jim Shirley is owner of the Great Southern Café, 45 Central, and The Meltdown on 30A in Seaside, Florida,  The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and The Baytowne Melt in Destin, Florida. He is also the co-owner of  Great Southern Restaurants, which owns The Fish House, The Atlas Oyster House, and The Fish House Deck Bar in Pensacola, Florida.

Chef Jim uses Southern accents with great skill and spirit, traveling far afield to graze and glean, absorb culinary ideas, select fine wines, and look for pockets of sustainable farming practices. As a Pensacola native, Chef Jim uses his knowledge of local waters and his families’ farming histories to promote “New Ruralism,” a movement to champion sustainable agriculture at the urban edge.

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CHEF JIM SHIRLEY AS SEEN ON TV

With Emeril Lagasse on Emeril’s
new TV show, “Emeril’s Florida”

With Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel's show, "Bizarre Foods"

Cooking for the King and Queen
of Spain at the James Beard House

Florida Dinner and a Show

with Southern Living

CHEF JIM SHIRLEY ENTERPRISES AND INTERESTS

GREAT SOUTHERN CAFÉ

45 CENTRAL

THE BAY

THE MELTDOWN ON 30A

THE BAYTOWNE MELT

SOUTHERN FOODWAYS ALLIANCE

JAMES BEARD HOUSE

GREAT SOUTHERN RESTAURANTS