Chef Jim Shirley
Grand Champion Executive Chef
2016 WINNER PERFECT IN SOUTH WALTON
A FEW OF THE AWARDS AND ACCOLADES JIM AND HIS RESTAURANTS HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED
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.