Chef Ed Reese began his 27 year career in the fine dining restaurants of Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. He attained his degree at the acclaimed Culinary School at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina and then went on to work under James Beard Award-Winning Chef Frank Stitt in Birmingham, Alabama. His years with Stitt enabled him to explore many different flavors, European regional cuisines and to expand his creativity.
“I learned from Frank to keep it simple and fresh. I love using fresh produce and seafood and letting those flavors come through.”
Ed moved on to Stitt’s Highlands Bar & Grill. There, he expanded his knowledge to include French Cuisine, which was incorporated into the Southern menu.
Reese continued to hone his skills and develop his own personal style working as a chef, caterer and culinary instructor. After many years in Birmingham, Ed and his wife Erin, who also grew up on the Florida coast, packed up their six children and returned to the beach. Ed has served as executive chef at some of the most popular restaurants on 30A but he longed to have his own little place. A restaurant that is simple and sophisticated where people can relax and enjoy great food. Ed and Erin found the perfect location and have created an intimate chef driven restaurant.
Ed loves his open kitchen where guests can join him at the chef’s counter for some friendly conversation as he prepares his simple, fresh dishes. Edward’s is partnered with local growers, seafood and meat purveyors to bring you only the best.
“I rely on the freshest ingredients that I can get and I prepare them simply to let the natural flavors come through. I want the dishes we serve to be the most flavorful that you have ever enjoyed.”