Chef/owner Derek Barnes focus is on rustic, coastal cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood while offering guest a dining experience that is fresh, new, fun and casual. The menu changes often insuring guest an exciting change on their many visits. Drawing from a rich blend of culinary styles and traditions, Derek is committed to bringing pleasure to all five senses when you dine at Derek’s. A semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef South award, Derek worked with Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen of Emeril’s in New Orleans before opening his own restaurant on the SunCoast. Derek’s talent for creating unique, pleasurable dishes has earned him Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon award, the "Most Innovative Chef" title in the Best of SRQ Magazine, "Best New Cuisine" Sarasota Magazine, "Best New Restaurant" Bradenton Herald and inclusion in Best Chefs America Guide and the exclusive Zagat Guide, America’s Top Restaurants listing.