Chef Tim Creehan combines Cuvee and culinary education

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 01:02 PM.

Creehan is no stranger to the role of multitasking teacher and steward of the community. He supports and participates in various charities both local and national, including the recent judging of 3rd to 5th grade students at The Nutrition Center of Okaloosa County Schools “Future Chef” competition. His Chef’s Wine Dinner offered by Destin Charity Wine Auction helps local charities in need. As Honorary Commander, Creehan participated in “Chef to Chef Program” for the Hennessey Award sponsored by the National Restaurant Association for the best food service operation in the U.S. Air Force. Creehan worked with Eglin and Hurlburt airmen preparing them for civilian food service, resulting in both bases winning “Best in Air Force”. His popular cooking classes are regular sellouts, and he’s personally trained much o the Emerald Coast’s emerging talent, including Giovanni Filippone of “Hell's Kitchen” fame, Jason Knoll, Alan Baltazar, and recently voted “Best Chef” Dan Pettis of One 20 a Modern Bistro in Niceville.

“Chef Creehan and I met about 20 years ago when I was just 12,” Pettis recalls. “Our working relationship turned in to a lifetime friendship. He gave a young aspiring chef a chance, and over the next nine years he groomed me and I was a sponge. Because of that training, I excelled in culinary school, finishing with a 4.0 GPA, then around the world to consult on other projects before returning home to open my own One 20 a Modern Bistro. Chefs today are a dime a dozen, but a true chef is a diamond in the rough, and I am the chef I am today because of the one who polished me.”

Aspiring young chefs and students interested in a potential culinary externship can learn more about the program at 650-8900.

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