Village Door 98 announces new executive chef

Special to The Log
Chef Ernie DanJean brings several Cajun cuisine recipes to Village Door 98. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]

Chef Ernie DanJean has joined the team at John Wehner’s Village Door 98 as the executive chef of their new location in Seascape Towne Centre.

DanJean is well known locally from his past endeavors as the owner and executive chef of both Café New Orleans and Ernie’s Dockside Café & Oyster Bar in Niceville. His experience as a restaurant owner and chef will be an incredible addition to the Village Door.

“With the origination of Famous Door on Bourbon Street and as a New Orleanian myself, we feel like Ernie is a perfect fit for our team.” said Village Door owner John Wehner. “He’s already created an incredible new dinner menu and we look forward to the Cajun flavor he will bring in not only the food, but the spirit of the restaurant.”

Born and raised in New Orleans, DanJean grew up in the kitchen. With a family full of incredible cooks, he learned the essence of true Cajun cuisine from both his mother and grandmother and all the family recipes, including gumbo, Bienville, and their family’s famous chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya. His father, affectionately known as “Big Dan,” was the owner of Danny & Clyde’s Po-Boys chain where Ernie learned the ins and outs of food service operations. DanJean moved to Destin in 1998 with his wife, Dawn, and has since worked with popular area restaurateurs such as Chan Cox, Jim Altamura and Mike Abadie.

DanJean looks forward to a new page in his journey as he takes his place within the Village Door 98 family. With his addition to the team, Village Door’s new dinner menu will feature several Cajun cuisine staples including po’ boys, muffulettas and more. He will also bring a Cajun flare to the Sunday brunch offerings and more.