Derek Barnes dreamed of and planned for the day he would serve as chef in his own restaurant long before he opened Derek's Culinary Casual in Sarasota’s upcoming Rosemary District.
After graduating with honors from The School of Culinary
Arts in Denver, Derek went to New Orleans to work with Emeril
Lagasse in his Emeril's restaurant. Starting there as garde manger, within
a year and a half Derek had earned a sous chef position.
After four years
with Emeril's, Derek explored his options up and down the east
coast. After several interviews at Anna Maria Island’s award-winning
Beach Bistro, Derek and his wife, Beth, decided that the Suncoast seemed
like the perfect place to raise their family. Derek took a position as
Chef de Cuisine at the Beach Bistro.
Since opening Derek's Culinary Casual
in January 2006, Derek has been earning accolades and awards:
Semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Best Chef South
award, Florida Trend's Golden Spoon award, "Most Innovative Chef" in
the Best of SRQ Magazine 2009, and a place in the exclusive Zagat 2009
America's Top Restaurants list.
Derek and Beth are enjoying life in Sarasota
with their son, Jack and daughter Reshma. And Derek continues
to explore and expand his culinary skills as he prepares thoughtful, imaginative
dishes for all who dine at Derek's Culinary Casual.
Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Give us
a call to set you up!
We have some gorgeous t-shirts for sale at the restaurant. Show
your colors! Support Derek's!
"Chef Derek Barnes creates dishes that are adventurous
and precise at the same time. He plays with textures and flavors,
pushing the gastronomic envelope at one of the most interesting
and best restaurants in town." Brian Ries, Creative Loafing
"This is true big city, indie style dining: sharp, chef-driven
cooking in a plain storefront space in a not yet gentrified neighborhood.
Choose foie gras, crispy rabbit, killer soups, scallops and peas,
chicken and quinoa. Every course is a robust adventure, from
small plates to dessert." Chris Sherman, St. Petersburg Times
Derek's is very honored and proud to be recognized by the following
Derek's was listed, in the prestigious ZAGAT Guide as one of "America's
James Beard Foundation:
Chef & Owner, Derek Barnes, was a semi-finalist for the 2009
James Beard Awards, "Best Chef South." The James Beard
Awards are known as the "Oscars" of the food world.
Florida Trend Magazine, Golden Spoon Awards:
Every year Florida Trend Magazine will honor Exceptional restaurants
with a "Golden Spoon Award." We have received this
award since 2008 and hope to be a part of this coveted award
for many years to come.
July through September, Chef Derek Barnes of Derek's Culinary
Casual has travel on his mind. He's inviting Sarasota diners
to explore the country through its flavors during Derek's American
Table, a 10-week celebration of regional American cuisine.
Each Thursday evening from July through September, Chef Derek
will present food and wine pairings that spotlight our country's
diverse and unique regional flavors. He's offering Sarasota diners
the chance to explore new flavors as well as sample their favorite
tastes of vacations past.
Still waiting for your new passport to arrive in the mail? While
you’re on hold with the State Department, get started on
a global gastronomic adventure during Derek’s World Table,
a 6-week celebration of global cuisine at Derek’s Culinary
Casual in downtown Sarasota.
Each Thursday evening from October through November, Chef Derek
Barnes will present food and wine pairings that explore the distinctive
flavors of six continents and many countries.