Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood, Destin
Executive Chef Dan Vargo joined the Seagar’s Prime Steak & Seafood culinary team in April 2012. Chef Vargo, a native of Maryland, was introduced to the culinary world along the Emerald Coast where he made the decision to pursue his passion for food. Chef Vargo has been in the culinary industry for more than 15 years, during which time he traveled the world in search of his culinary style, aptly shaped by his journey. Chef Vargo brings Baltimore's traditional and historical influences, Martha's Vineyard's emphasis on organic produce and seasonal seafood, and the Ritz-Carlton's world-class standards for fine dining and excellence in service to the Seagar’s experience.
Prior to Seagar’s, Chef Vargo collectively dedicated eight years to the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla. with titles including Executive Sous Chef and Restaurant Chef. He also spent two years as Executive Sous Chef at The Boathouse Club in Martha’s Vineyard.
Graduating with honors from Baltimore International College in 2002, Chef Vargo earned a prestigious internship through The American Studies Institute in Ireland with The Park Hotel. Chef Vargo was also selected as a member of Ritz Carlton’s domestic and international recruiting team sent to South Africa and Peru where he cooked for orphanages and shelters.
Since joining the Seagar’s team, Chef Vargo has been featured on Emeril’s Florida, Atlanta Eats and Golf Channel’s Morning Drive with Matt Ginella, and at events such as BlogHer Food in Miami and Music City Food & Wine Festival in Nashville. Chef Vargo was also selected as the People’s Choice winner in the 2013 inaugural 30A Throwdown competition and Critics Choice winner in the 2014 competition.