Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort has added a new executive chef to its lineup.
Chef Eric Chopin joins the staff and takes the helm over the Marina Bar & Grill, Fat Tuesday, and all other food and beverage prepared by the resort, excluding privately owned eateries.
Chopin comes onboard bringing more than 30 years culinary experience.
He went on to graduate from
Chopin moved to the
He moved to
Chopin then accepted the position of executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton Tyson's Corner in
Chopin spent the past year in
These days, Chopin describes his cuisine as "classical with a twist" and enjoys putting new twists on his dishes. But one constant is focusing on fresh food and flavors.
The resort now has given Chopin yet a new locale and audience to introduce his fresh and classical flavors with a twist.
"Fresh is best," he said. "Use only the freshest produce and fish for best flavors."
Chopin said he will be preparing a lot of fish dishes at Sandestin since there is easy access to the sea here.
"Fresh fish does not smell," he said.
Otherwise, over the next two or three months, the chef will be trying to discover what his new clientele like.
Chopin will also be busy preparing for a lot of weddings, which are already on the books for Sandestin.
In addition, he wants to do demonstrations and show people how to cook fish quickly and easily without using a lot of pots and pans. He also wants to do food and wine events and bring in guest chefs.
Before accepting this position, Chopin had never visited this area.
"I love it here and want to stay here a very long time," he said. "This is a big difference from