Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier Appoints John Flaherty New Executive Chef
By Space Coast Daily // April 18, 2016
WILL oversee pier’s five Restaurants
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – The Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier has appointed Chef John Flaherty as its new executive chef, overseeing the pier’s five food and beverage locations.
Restaurants formerly under Flaherty’s leadership have been the recipients of honors including Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award and Wine Enthusiast’s Award of Ultimate Distinction.
Flaherty has more than 20 years of experience as an executive chef, for locations including Rainforest Café and Ybor City’s historic Columbia Restaurant. He comes to the pier after most recently serving as executive chef for various oil industry camps and lodges across the South.
For eight years, Flaherty served on the American Culinary Federation Elected Board of Directors and was awarded the American Culinary Federation’s President’s Award.
At the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, Flaherty will oversee culinary operations at Pelican’s Bar & Grill, Rikki Tiki Tavern, Keith’s Oyster Bar, The Boardwalk Bar and Sea Dogs.
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