Bert Gill

Johanna Lawshea

Bert Gill is chef-owner of Blue Gill Quality Foods, Mildred’s Big City Food, and New Deal Café in Gainesville, Florida. Gill has also founded a farm-to-table food organization in Florida, raised awareness of local crops and healthy eating habits, and mentored aspiring chefs who have taken up his skills and ethos in successful culinary careers throughout the United States. Pickled, Fried, and Fresh: Bert Gill’s Southern Flavors (University Press of Florida) showcases the unique personality of Gill’s local foodscape—a region with multiple harvests throughout the year and access to fresh catch from both coasts. His cookbook represents how Florida chefs are using local ingredients to create their own exciting niche in southern cuisine.