Chef and Owner
C hef Brian Whittington, Owner and Executive Chef of Preserved Restaurant recently finished his partnership and Executive Chef position with Restaurant Orsay in Jacksonville, Florida. Under Chef Whittington’s team, Restaurant Orsay was voted the number one restaurant in Jacksonville for several consecutive years. Restaurant Orsay consistently remained one of the top restaurant destinations in the state of Florida.
Restaurant Orsay is a French bistro in the upscale enclave of Avondale/Riverside, just a few miles from downtown. Since opening in 2008, the restaurant has been recognized by Wine Spectator, Urban Spoon, Florida Trend and the Taste of the NFL, much of this due to Chef Whittington’s leadership and great team.
The acclaimed James Beard Foundation released its list of 2015 nominees including Chef Brian Whittington as among the best chefs in the South! Chef Whittington was honored to be a semifinalist for this prestigious award. This is an annual award for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education in the U.S. and Chef Whittington is the only chef in St. Augustine to ever be nominated which gives him national recognition.
Based in New York, the James Beard Foundation works to promote the American culinary scene through events, programs and its highly anticipated annual awards. The foundation is housed in Chef James Beard’s former Greenwich Village home. Beard, who passed away in 1985, is known as the founder of American cuisine and was the beloved friend to many acclaimed chefs such as Julia Child.
Chef Whittington has also been invited to participate in several television shows, including Bravo’s “Top Chef”, Alton Brown’s “Cut Throat Kitchen” and most recently, the “Grill Iron”. Chef Brian Whittington is not new to the St. Augustine Restaurant scene. With humble beginnings in Crescent Beach, he gained valuable mentoring
at South Beach Grill, then launched Zhanras on Anastasia Island in 2007 and Rhett’s downtown in 2010. Chef Whittington also owns Smoked. Southern BBQ, another local restaurant located at the World Famous Fountain of Youth.
Preserved Restaurant is the latest offering from Chef Brian Whittington’s Strive Restaurant Group. Preserved highlights Southern cuisine while pushing an ingredient-driven menu that showcases local farmers, community, and southern heritage!
C hristof Bauer discovered his passion for wine later in life. Born and raised in Germany, he spent a portion of his youth in Brazil and Ecuador. He studied Graphic Arts & Design in Berlin, which eventually led him to a successful career in St. Augustine, FL as a designer and builder of small sailing boats.
Christof has always had a love of good food and fine wines. In 1998, this love turned into a true passion when he began attending the International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville Oregon. He has been working at this renowned culinary event as a volunteer in food and wine service ever since.
In 2003, he teamed up with Michael McMillan and assisted him in the launching of his restaurant Opus 39 in St. Augustine.
In 2005, Bauer solidified his wine knowledge by attending the Fundamentals of Wine course at the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
Shortly thereafter, he took and passed the Introductory and Certified Sommelier tests of the U.S. Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Christof continued his wine education, and in 2009, received the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London.
Since then, he has worked in various capacities at A. Chef’s cooking studio, South Ponte Vedra, FL, the Reef restaurant, St, Augustine., and J.F. Wine Imports, Largo, FL. His travels throughout the various wine regions of Europe, California and Oregon have served to enhance his love and passion being a sommelier.
As a long time friend of Chef Whittington, Christof is excited to take on the responsibility of developing the wine program and sharing his knowledge and passion for wine with the staff and guests at Preserved.
B en Zimmerman
I relocated to St Augustine in February of 2016 from New Hampshire, with my wife Ashley, to start a family near my own. I found Chef Brian Whittington’s newest endeavor on craigslist and came in for an interview, where we quickly found that we shared similar ideals in what it means to be a restaurant. Being a positive influence in the community, appreciation for both the produce and the farmers, respecting animals in making sure that no part goes to waste and creating a culture that promotes constant growth for all individuals within the establishment. These were the keys to what we believe build a solid restaurant. That and really good, honest food. I can say I am proud that we strive to maintain those standards on a daily basis and look forward to seeing our growth as a group and community throughout this adventure. Thank You to all who have supported the restaurant and new diners to come, we look forward to serving you.
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Featuring plenty of parking, Preserved Restaurant welcomes you. Whether you enter the property from Bridge Street or MLK Boulevard, you’ll find onsite parking with a rounded driveway for ease of drop off near the front door.
Preserved Restaurant highly suggests reservations. Reservations can be made by calling 904-679-4940, or by using the Open Table Reservation widget below.