This past week I had the opportunity to debut a new platform for our ever-changing Visit Local Pensacola blog series. While staying true to its original purpose of telling our community’s story and its adjoining industries, I wanted to give our subscribers something new to snack on. From that, our “Live in the Kitchen,” series was born.

Pensacola is becoming a refined southern debutante in the culinary industry. Local award-winning chefs are revitalizing the Gulf-to-table and farm-to-table concepts with fresh ideas, artisan ingredients and a love of the community that is expressed through cuisine. Read and watch below as we explore a turn-of-the-century gastronomic revolution in our newest Visit Local Pensacola series.  

Gregg McCarthy, Corporate Chef & Partner 

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach

It only took Gregg McCarthy 30 seconds to make the decision to move to Pensacola Beach to open and run The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach. Originally an upstate New York resident, he spent his career refining his culinary skills in land-locked restaurants around the country that include the famed Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C., the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas and a slew of the Atlanta Ray’s restaurants.

Watch below and learn about what it took for him to get back to his coastal roots.


Alex McPhail, Executive Chef, Restaurant Iron

A refined southern experience that includes everything from cast iron skillets to escargot. Alex McPhail talks to us about his homecoming, his culinary influences and the progression of Pensacola.

Watch below as he answers a few of our questions and takes us through a live cooking demonstration.


Blake Rushing, Chef-Owner, Union Public House

A scotch egg from London, a James Beard nomination and a worldly wealth of knowledge. Blake Rushing tells us what he loves most about being a chef and takes us through his history inside and out of Pensacola. Watch the full interview below.