|Ask Chef Frank Taylor|
Chef Frank Taylor is the owner and executive chef of Global Grill, an upscale tapas bar and restaurant in Downtown Pensacola. Frank and his wife, Jane, opened Global Grill in 2003, introducing Northwest Floridians to the tapas style of dining. Frank's unique culinary creations combine Mediterranean, European, Asian and American influences. He takes pride in using the freshest local seasonal seafood and produce to create innovative and exciting tapas and main plates. In 2007, Frank was nominated Best Chef from the Independent News "Best of the Coast." He consistently has won "Best Original Menu," "Best Appetizers" and "Best Overall Restaurant," among others. Throughout his career, Frank has won numerous accolades and culinary competitions, including the WSRE "Gastronomique" award in 1998 and 1999.
Living abroad as an "Army Brat" in high school sparked Frank's culinary interest. He had the opportunity to travel and eat his way through Europe, thus beginning an early appreciation of diverse foods. After high school, Frank moved to Pensacola to pursue a degree in marine biology at the University of West Florida. After working his way through college in a restaurant, he found his true calling was the kitchen. He quickly worked his way up the ranks to become executive chef at Jubilee, where he worked for 13 years. After Hurricane Opal in 1995, Frank was guest chef under Chef Jamie Shannon for several months at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, where he perfected classic French and Creole cuisine. In 2000, Frank opened Rutherford's 465 at Regatta Bay Golf Resort in Destin, Fla., working with Legendary Restaurant Group.
Frank donates his time and talents to many local non-profit fundraisers. He supports several local charities, the arts and the rebirth of Downtown Pensacola.