DESTIN — The Henderson Park Inn’s signature restaurant, Beach Walk Café, announced the appointment of Destin native Daniel Peters as its new executive chef.

“Chef Daniel brings a fresh perspective and palette to Beach Walk on top of his understanding of the local ingredients and flavors customers love and want to see on the menu,” said Beach Walk’s food and beverage manager, Michael Mcintosh. “We’re thrilled to have a chef of his caliber and experience leading our kitchen.”

Peters’ journey in the kitchen began initially with Chan’s Wine World at its original Destin location, honing his skills and appreciation for fine foods and wines. In 2011, Peters moved to Napa County, California, to expand his knowledge of the implementation of the sumptuous harmony of fresh seafood and locally-sourced ingredients. 

“My time in Napa totally changed the way I look at food,” said Peters. “I learned so much there, and I’m excited to bring that influence into the Beach Walk Café kitchen.”

Peters was most recently privileged to mentor under the guidance of James-Beard-Award-Winning and Michelin-Star Chef Douglas Keane and globally-renowned Top-Chef-contestant, Sang Yoon.

Peters said he comes to Beach Walk Café with a zealous curiosity to work with a “gulf-to-table” concept, focusing on fine dining and fine wines extending beyond the nestled comfort of Napa Valley.

“I’m honored to be here. Beach Walk’s staff has become a family to me,” said Peters. “And I’m excited to work together with them to cook for the community that raised me.”

For more information, visit www.beachwalkcafe.com, and to make a reservation to try Chef Peters' cuisine, call 850-650-7100.