"Island View" Gulfport Mississippi
HEAD COOK: David Crabtree
COMPETITION: World Seafood Championship
For David Crabtree, being a chef is who he is, not just what he does. His passion for creating ,and sharing great food, which began as a young boy growing up in South Mississippi, led to 40-year career in the food industry , and the position of executive chef at Island View Casino Resort. Crabtree, who joined the Gulfport, Miss. resort when it opened 2006 during the area’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, responsible for overseeing Island View’s culinary department with over 125 back of the house culinary personal .Island View operates multiple dining venues, including fine dining, casual, buffet and specialty restaurants, as well as off property catering.His professional experience includes holding positions increasing responsibility for casino resorts located in Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as serving as executive chef for Diamondhead Country Club in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Following Hurricane Katrina, Crabtree also worked as a subcontractor for Belfore Property Restoration as a disaster relief caterer, operating a satellite kitchen in Gulfport, transporting hot meals for 400 people daily. Crabtree’s practice of using fresh, local ingredients was formed early in his career during apprenticeships under Emerile Lagasse at New Orleans’ famed Commander’s Palace and Gerard Maras at Mr. B’s Bistro also located in New Orleans. An advocate for education in his field, Crabtree has served as an adjunct instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Bossier Parish Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi. Crabtree’s career accomplishments include more than 58 awards received from culinary competitions throughout the southeast . In 2016 chef crabtrees team with executive sous chef Jackie Seavey placed 12th in the steak category just missing the top 10 .In 2017 Crabtree's team placed 4th in the opening round as well as the top ten round in seafood at the world food championship .Over the last 10 years he has competed ,and won awards in numerous bbq events . He vowed to get a seat at the WFC final table eventually .When business allows he seeks out weekend festivals that offer food sport competitions as well as a car show ;he calls it the collision of his two worlds .He is a charter member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.Since the organization’s founding in 1991, Crabtree has held several board roles, including president,and was awarded Chef of the Year in 1992, 1997 and 1999 and member of the year in 1996. Crabtree received an associate degree from Delgado Community College in New Orleans and completed the baker training program at Global Marine Drilling Co. in Lafayette, La. He also received his CWC Certification by the American Culinary Federation.Currently residing on a small inherited homesteaded horse ranch in Saucier, Mississippi with his wife Mary, daughter Chantelle and son Troy, Crabtree enjoys power boating, fishing, hunting, wood carving and soccer, also a high school soccer official traveling throughout Ms to officiate games. He also is an avid classic car enthusiast, participating and winning in many car shows with his two mopars a 1973 Dodge Dart Swinger, and a 2010 R/T challenger.Chef Crabtree is always striving for balance between , work , family and personal time . Always trying to avoid dead time as he fully believes each day is precious.