Chef de Cuisine
Chef Jeanne Pettijohn, a Tallahassee, Florida native, grew up enveloped by the culinary world. She started showing interest in the field at the age of 9 where she began taking courses and competing on a professional level. She began her career at age 14 doing catering in Tallahassee. At the age of 19, she moved to Jacksonville to attend the Florida State College of Jacksonville Culinary Program. She is a recent dual graduate with Restaurant Management and Culinary Management degrees. While in school she received an internship with Café Nola, located inside the Contemporary Arts Museum in downtown Jacksonville and also at Roy’s Asian Fusion at Jacksonville Beach. Jeanne’s love for local, fresh seafood and contemporary fare makes her a great addition the Wine Cellar team.
Head Day Chef
Debra has been at the Wine Cellar since 1985
and has worked her way up to her present position.
She began in pantry, endeavoring over the years
to absorb the mechanisms of a major gourmet restaurant.
She gained knowledge studying under many visiting
chefs and has become multi-talented, working as
Pastry Chef, and for the last fifteen years as
Head Day Chef. She also contributes her considerable
skills to some of the Wine Cellar dinner events,
giving her a wide range of experience. Her wonderful
talent contributes to the excellent taste of the
Gary began as a young waiter at the Wine Cellar
in 1980. With his energy and talent, he quickly
assumed additional responsibilities and now works
closely with management, sharing duties including
hiring, training, overseeing maintenance, and
planning special food and wine dinners. He also
enjoys continuing as a waiter. Although Gary loves
both aspects of the restaurant business, his real
talent is in his people skills. He loves the interaction
with his customers and has a very loyal following.
Gary has a wonderful memory for detail, as well
as a natural affinity for food and wine, and through
the years he has amassed a vast amount of knowledge,
contributing to the dining experience of all his
Wayne has been involved in the restaurant industry
since he was a boy and has worked in every aspect
of the business from washing dishes to cooking,
bartending, and as a waiter. Wayne began at the
Wine Cellar in 1980 and with his motivation and
his broad background, he soon moved into management.
Wayne believes that in order for him to be effective
as the manager of a major fine restaurant, he
needs to be involved in every aspect of its operation.
He arrives early, works long hours and handles
all scheduling, hiring, training, inventory and
wine purchasing. He also continues as the head
waiter and with his extensive culinary knowledge,
sharp mind and quick wit, he is a familiar face
that customers always look forward to seeing.
Vicki opened the Wine Cellar in 1974 as its
Manager and partner in the business. It began
simply as a retail wine shop with a small bistro
for dining. The continental menu and unique dining
atmosphere were a new concept for North Florida;
new ground had been broken and the popularity
of the bistro soon caught on. Within three years,
the Wine Cellar expanded and became a full-pledged
restaurant. Vicki became the owner of the business
and gained valuable experience in food and wine
through travel and studies in the major culinary
and wine producing regions of the world.
In 1997, she acquired the restaurant property
and doubled its size. Over the years, Vicki has
handled every aspect of the restaurant and now
oversees all of the day-to-day operations, including
menu planning, wine selection, and all of the
business operations of the Wine Cellar. Hard work
and dedication to excellence has paid off in the
numerous awards the Wine Cellar has received.
Vicki is proud of creating the Wine Cellar, a
landmark restaurant with a distinguished legacy.