Darek Tidwell

George’s at Alys Beach – Alys Beach, FL

As executive chef at George’s at Alys Beach, Chef Darek Tidwell oversees all kitchen operations, creating seasonal seasonal menus of dishes crafted with locally sourced, organic produce and the freshest Gulf seafood available.

Darek began in the kitchen at the young age of 12 at an old school, family-run Italian restaurant in New York. At age 16 he worked as a prep cook and then a global food distributor specializing in quality food items. There, he developed a breadth of knowledge about the products and ingredients available to chefs, however he was anxious to get back into the kitchen. Knowing he was always destined for a life in the kitchen, Darek enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America where he met his culinary mentor – a Michelin-starred chef on the forefront of molecular gastronomy.

After many years working as executive chef at top restaurants around the United States including Bistro Arielle, where the locally sourced menu garnered attention from publications including Esquire, Darek wanted a slower-paced lifestyle and was lured to the South – finding his new home at George’s at Alys Beach.