Chef Giovanni Filippone was a contestant on Season 5 of Hellís Kitchen. He now serves up his favorites at Vue on 30a.
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Vue on 30a
4801 West County Hwy 30a
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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A Q&A with Chef Giovanni Filippone of Vue on 30a
Tell us about your culinary experience/work history?
I grew up in Italy and France, and moved to New Jersey when I was older. I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and worked in different restaurants, steakhouses and hotels in New England before making it to the beach.
Where does your inspiration come from when creating dishes?
My Mom, she is the best chef I've ever known. She didn't do it for the glory, she did it feed us, and it was really good. I know she looks down on me when I'm in the kitchen to make sure I get it right.
What are your signature dishes?
Pistachio Crusted Grouper with a sweet pistachio cream sauce, traditional risotto and vegetables; the Pan Seared Diver Scallops, with a mango beurre blanc, and Applewood-smoked bacon over a traditional risotto with vegetables; Whole Fish, tempura battered with sweet Thai chili sauce and soy. For appetizers, our French toast Foie Gras, Venison Rolls, and Escargot with caramelized onions, Boursin cream sauce and port wine.
What sets you apart from other restaurants?
The incredible view of the Gulf of Mexico, the sunsets and, of course, the food.
Whatís your favorite part about being in the kitchen?
I enjoy the rush, the excitement and also the freedom to be creative and try new things.
If you were told you only get one more meal in your life what would it be?
New York Strip cooked medium rare, fully loaded baked potato, gourmet mac and cheese and a large Blue Moon.