IRV MILLER, Jackson’s Steakhouse (Pensacola) founding chef, has been working along the Florida Panhandle for four decades. He received national acclaim for pioneering the area’s New Florida Cooking during the Florida Cuisine movement while working in Destin and Seaside in the 1980s and 1990s. Miller’s longtime commitment has been to sourcing Gulf Coast ingredients and preparing Southern-inspired foods. Miller has worked closely with oyster fisheries in Apalachicola, and is a guest demonstrator and judge for the Hangout Oyster Cook-off in Gulf Shores.
Chef Miller is a six-time performing chef for the James Beard Foundation, and is also noted for cooking alongside legendary chef Edna Lewis numerous times, which led to his appearance
as a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. His first cookbook, Panhandle to Pan: Recipes and Stories from Florida’s New Redneck Riviera was published in 2015. His second cookbook, Gulf Coast Oysters: Classic and Modern recipes of a Southern Renaissance was published in 2018. Soon after, Emerald Coast Magazine titled Miller as an ‘Oyster Change Agent’ for the region.
In 2020, Chef Miller appeared on Canadian Weather Network’s “Wanderlust Florida”, and in 2022 PBS’s “A Taste of History” promoting Gulf Coast oysters and his home town Pensacola.