Rob Stinson, Executive Chef and Owner of Salute Italian, Kellys, The Reef, has made a huge impact on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the past sixteen years. Rob has opened thirty-four (34) restaurants in his career, owning six of those. Rob is starring the eighth season on MPB, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, “Fit to Eat,” designed to educate and change the eating and cooking style of Mississippi viewers. The show is focused on healthy cooking techniques and utilizes fresh and sustainable products. Rob performs healthy cooking demonstrations for the medical profession. Rob cooked and was featured on national ABC TV on the show “The Chew.” Rob was chosen by Governor Barbour to represent the State of Mississippi as the official Chef of Mississippi in the Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans. Rob also represents the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Seafood Marketing as their official Chef of Mississippi. Eat Right Meal Prep was created to bring healthy meals to the public.
Rob’s community involvement has separated him from other businesses on the Gulf Coast as he serves as president of the Biloxi Boardwalk Association, Executive Member of the Gulfport Main Street and is a newly appointed Board of Director of the Aquarium of Mississippi, and has been appointed as a Commissioner on the State’s Tourism and Convention Board.
Salute Italian was voted best Italian Seafood Restaurant on the Coast seven years in a row: 2012-2018. Salute’s award winning kitchen is the location where all Eat Right Meal Prep is prepared. Rob trained under Cordon Bleu Chef Gerald Thabuis, former Chef for President of France, Charles DeGaulle, Master Italian Chef Ciro Cuomo, and Creole Chef extraordinaire Nathaniel Burton in New Orleans. Rob has filmed a weekly cooking segment on WLOX ABC TV, “Salute” for the past 16 years. His spectrum of work has spanned from 5-star dining at Windsor Court Hotel Grill Room and Broussards in New Orleans, to opening and managing the highest volume restaurant in the world, Orlando Planet Hollywood. Rob was born in Mount Vernon, New York, grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford Ohio. Rob, his wife Paige, children Samuel and Abigail live in Long Beach Mississippi.