Top Private Chefs in Destin, FL

Picture this: You’ve got a special event coming up: wedding, anniversary, family reunion, business retreat, or something in between. You’ve just rented the most beautiful Destin or Miramar Beach Vacation Rental, have your whole trip completely planned out. That is until you realize that you don’t know any private chefs in the area. That is why today we are letting you in on a little secret: The Top Private Chefs in Destin, FL.


Why hire a private chef on your Destin vacation?

While there are many reasons to hire a private chef, we know the best reasons to hire a private chef on your Destin vacation is to give your vacation that one moment that your friends and family will never forget.


Instead of bringing the party out on the town having to deal with traffic, long waits, or potential mishaps with dinner reservations, why not bring the party to you. Having a private chef not only gives you the opportunity to have an amazing dinner experience, it also gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the best chefs on the Emerald Coast.


Tre Dupree – Tre’ Bien Foods

Tre’ Bien Foods is a group of friends and counterparts working together to create an efficient and enjoyable experience in the world of craft services. They specialize in large group catering but offer a variety of other services including weddings, private dinners, meal prep, hospitality service, menu planning, and a variety of food products. They have a ton of private events under their belt, so be sure to check out their website to learn more. 


We don’t just believe his food is top-notch, check out one of their latest customer testimonials:

These folks are my favorite caterers.  They are thorough, creative, receptive, and have a very high level of integrity.  The food is always top-notch and it makes you feel good!  Great team behind this company.

M’checlle Lee


Kyle Swift – Swiftly Catered

Swiftly Catered provides unforgettable fine dining dinner experiences to families all along the Emerald Coast. Chef Kyle has over 20+ years of experience in the restaurant industry and he brings that experience right to your front door. Offering items from the farm and the sea like Baked Brie, Avocado Toast, Tuxedo Crusted Yellowfin, Crawfish Andouille Dumplings, and more.


Don’t just take our word for it, check out one of his client testimonials:


“The fresh grouper was perfectly cooked and the shrimp & grits were sinfully indulgent. Highly recommend and looking forward to making this an annual addition to our trip!”

— Kristin Tiss Kash


Nathan Davis – The Polished Chef

Nathan Davis at The Polished Chef is one of the up-and-coming private chefs in the Destin area. He worked under chef Emeril Legasse before he decided to break out into the private sector. His menu consists of: Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, Pan Seared Red Snapper, Almond Crusted Grouper, and more.

Read one of his latest client testimonials: 

Chef Nathan provided a lovely evening for our group. He breezed his way through my kitchen with no questions nor directions from me. And after preparing a delicious meal he cleaned up completely, took out the trash and placed left overs in the refrigerator.

The food was top quality, delicious and presented in a beautiful way. We highly recommend.

  • Teresa McCown


Christopher L. Holbrook – Signature Catering 30A

Signature Catering 30A has been providing exceptional catering services in the Destin and 30A area since 2010. Offering a menu like nothing ever seen here on the Emerald Coast with items like: Beach boils, Ceviche & Sushi, and themed menus that will leave your guests happy and hopeful to hire Chef Christopher for their next catering event. 


Check out one of the latest customer testimonials for signature catering 30A – 

Christopher and his staff are top-notch.  We had a nightmare experience trying to have someone cater our wedding reception and Christopher and his team went above and beyond for us.  I was so appreciative that they were willing to do it for us and create a allergy friendly menu – no gluten/no dairy.   I have Celiac Disease and other food allergies, they made me feel completely at ease that I would have no worries about getting sick on our special day.  They created kids menu too, and everything was safe!  They even were willing to drive to our event, cooked on site.  EVERYONE RAVED ABOUT HOW AMAZING THE FOOD WAS!!  If you are looking for someone to cater your food, trust me look no further they are top notch chefs and will make sure to help make your event amazing and stress-free!!  Thank you again for making our day perfect!


Michael Ledford – My Ohana 

Chef Mike at My Ohana is one of our favorite private chefs on the Emerald Coast. He has made his mark in the Japanese industry and is not just doing private events, he now has his own food truck bringing his amazing dishes to the masses in Destin, Niceville, and beyond. His menu offers things like grilled salmon bowl, yoki udon noodle – with beef or shrimp, poke tuna bowl, and fresh spring rolls.


Chef Mike Customer Testimonial – The food was so good it gave me goosebumps. It filled my stomach and my heart. Met Chef Mike and he made me feel like family. There’s not many food trucks that can do that so if you ever come across chef mike, his wife, and the my Ohana food truck, you better pay them a visit! I can’t wait to have more of his food!!

  • Christian Costa

Chef Jekyll – Jekyll


Chef Jekyll is a licensed private chef specializing in Local Seafood, Italian and Southern Comfort cuisines. He brings a lot of experience and diversity to his menu with things like Blackened Sea Scallops with Peppers and Onions, Jekyll’s Cheesy Crab Bruschetta, Jekyll’s East Pass Crab Bisque, OK’s Bar-B-Q Pork or Chicken, Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin stuffed with Wild Mushrooms, Jekyll’s Chicken Parmesan or Chicken Florentine, and more. 


Amazing Customer Testimonial: I would recommend Chef Jekyll to anyone. Due to COVID-19, I could not be with my mother who lives in Florida to celebrate her 85th birthday last month. Based on good online reviews, I contacted Chef Jekyll to cater a special custom meal for her and some close family friends. I suggested two dishes that my mother enjoys: Bahamian Mac & Cheese and meatloaf. He started the meal off with his signature crab cakes. Dessert was White Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake.


The meal was a huge hit. My mother and her friends loved the crab cakes, and these folks know crab cakes! She was especially touched by the Bahamian Mac & Cheese. My mother and father spent more than 20 years visiting the Bahamas on their sailboat. This was one of their favorite dishes. And, last but not least, the dessert “was to die for”.

Chef Jekyll was easy to work with. He was careful about COVID-19 precautions and maintained proper social distancing when he delivered the food ready for my mother to serve.

This worked out perfectly. Thanks, Chef Jekyll!


Final thoughts on finding the right private chef in Destin, FL


When it comes to finding the right caterer for your private dinner or event between Destin & 30A you don’t want to leave anything to chance. You’ve already found the right place, and now it’s all about finding the right meal, the right chef, and of course the right drinks to make memories that will not just last an evening but will last a lifetime.