Apalachicola Seafood Contest, First Place winner 1983
Exotic Seafood Exposition, Ft. Walton Beach, First Place winner 1985
Great Menu Contest, National Restaurant Association, winner, 1996
Featured on CNN's On the Menu forNew Florida Cooking, 1990
RSVP Favorite Recipes, Bon Appetit, 1990 and 1993
Too Busy to Cook 2, Bon Appetit Recipe Year Book, 1991
James Beard Foundation, assistant to Chef Edna Lewis’ 77th Birthday Celebration, 1993
James Beard Foundation, guest chef, prepared a Gulf Coast Thanksgiving dinner 2001, just after 911.
City Meals-On-Wheels, New York, assistant to Chef Edna Lewis, 1993
Symposia on Southern Food, Middleton Place, South Carolina, assistant to Chef Edna Lewis, 1992

Symposium on  Southern Food, Seaside, assistant to Chef Edna Lewis, 1992
Share Our Strength, Organizer and Co-Chair for Pensacola region Taste of The Nation, 2000-2002
Seville Crab Cake Cook-off to benefit A.R.C., Pensacola, eight time award winner between 1999-2014
Emerald Coast Magazine, featured as one of the Great Chef’s of Florida’s Northwest, 2002
Florida Style, Ft. Walton Beach, cooking show, 1996 and 1997
ESP Coastal Cooking, Pensacola, frequent filming for local cooking show 
Women in Wine, Chef participant, Sandestin Wine Festival, 1992-1994
Taste of The Town, Destin, numerous awards, American Cancer Society, 1991-1995
Great Southern Gumbo Contest winner, Sandestin, Florida, 1994 and 1996
Fiesta Seafood Grille, Pensacola, guest chef, Chef and The Child Foundation, 1999-2001
​WSRE Food and Wine Classic, Pensacola, award winner, non-profit public broadcasting, 1999-2012 
Flavors of the Coast, Cooking Show, WSRE PBS, Chef/Host 51 episodes, 2002 to 2005
Flavors of the Coast, small production Cookbook series 1-4, WSRE PBS, Chef/Host
Pensacola Celebrity Chefs, Founding Chef 2008
Pensacola Celebrity Chefs Prepared Luncheon for King Juan Carlos 1 and Queen Sophia of Spain 2009
Pensacola Celebrity Chefs, James Beard Foundation, prepared Gulf Coast Dinners in 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
Sandestin Wine Festival, local Celebrity Chef Demonstrator 2012
Great American Seafood Cook-off, New Orleans, represented the State of Florida, 2012
Emeril’s Florida- Filmed Live Pensacola episode with Emeril Lagasse, Food Network, 2014 
“Save The Third for Chef Irv” Jackson’s Steakhouse monthly cooking class series, since 2008
Slow Food "Community Cooks" event, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Florida Trend's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame since 2008

Outstanding in The Field, Featured Guest Chef, 2015 and 2016

Panhandle To Pan: Recipes and Stories from the New Redneck Riviera Cookbook, published 2015

Bravo's Top Chef Charleston, Guest Judge, Season 14, Episode 6: A Southern Legend, Tribute to Edna Lewis 2016

Irv has had featured articles or has appeared in the following publications: 

Bon Appetit, Food Arts, Food and Wine, Travel and Leisure, Florida Living, FloridaTrend, Florida Restaurant Trends, Nations Restaurant News, Southeast Food Service News, Coast Food, Easy Food, Florida Restaurateur, Florida Travel, Restaurants USA, Birmingham Magazine, Pensacola Today, Vip Pensacola, In Weekly, Pensacola News Journal, Bella Magazine, Apalachicola Times, Southern Coast Home, Southern Breeze, Paula Deen, and Southern Living Magazines.
Irv has been Guest Chef for The Florida Department of Agriculture, Culinary Theater; FRA
Show Orlando, FL; Judge, and multiple Guest Chef appearances and demonstrator for the Oyster Cook-off at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama; The Florida Agricultural Commission Recipe Contest at The Florida Spring Fest; The Pasta Challenge for Gulf Coast Community College, and Florida Skills USA.  

Irv has been at the helm of Jackson’s since 1999, also a consecutive recipient of Florida Trends Golden Spoon Award, and 10 time consecutive recipient of Florida Trends Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award.  


  • Carolyn O’Neil, 1991 CNN “On the Menu”, of Irv Miller…“ Some of the state’s most innovative cooking”
  • Joseph Wayne, Florida’s Restaurant Trends, July/August 1991, 
  • “Chef Miller, The pioneer of Florida Coastal Cuisine, is known for innovatively incorporating local regional foods into extraordinary provincial style Mediterranean dishes.” 
  • John Egerton, Southern Food, April 15, 1992, of Irv Miller…“ A great chef and fellow southerner”  
  • Birmingham Magazine, August 2000, The Best of the Gulf 

          “…an adventure…look for Chef Irv Miller to improvise on stated menu items to keep the cuisine lively.”

  • J. Christopher Lowe, Pensacola Today, June 2001, 
  • A meal orchestrated by Miller is nothing short of “extraordinary.”
  • Robert W. Tolf, Florida Trend, March 2002,

          “…Jackson’s, home of the Crab Cake King”…Chef Irv Miller blazes trails of his
          new Florida Coastal Cuisine and preaches its gospel far a field.”

  • Chef Henry Haller,

          Author of the White House Cook Book, White House Chef- Retired, March 2003, “Excellent Food”

  • ​Robert W. Tolf, Florida Trend, 2006 Action at Jackson’s

         “Florida's Mango Gang is not confined to the Gold Coast, although
         that's where it has the greatest name and fame for Floribbean fare. There are
         outlying fringes all over the state, notably in northwest Florida in the unique village of Seaside, where                Bud & Alley's blazed all kinds of culinary breakthroughs. It's where Irv Miller, graduate of the Culinary
         Institute of America, settled in for almost six years of hands-on exposure to
         all the exciting flavors of New Florida cooking.” 

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