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Chef Pete Blohme

Panini Pete's
Founder
Chef Pete began working in restaurants at the age of 14 while growing up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The business immediately got into his “blood” and the journey began. Fortunately an early job working at the Fifteen Street Fisheries for industry legend Mike Hurst (former President of the National Restaurant Association & Professor in Hospitality Management at FIU) helped pave the way. He introduced him to the idea of making a professional career of the restaurant industry and suggested that he attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He would be a frequent counselor & mentor over the next 20 years. After a few short order and raw bar gigs, Pete was focused and off to the CIA! Chef Pete attained extensive experience over the next 30+ straight years in the industry. Mostly in South Florida and the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Pete has been owner and Chef of Panini Pete’s Café and Coffeehouse for over 11 years, currently operating five units in three states. Pete also opened Sunset Pointe in Fairhope, AL, a waterfront seafood restaurant with farm to table, local gulf seafood and a mixology bar. It was voted one of Alabama’s hottest new restaurants.

The media has been no stranger to “Panini” Pete,  from hosting his own web series ‘Small Town Flavor” to his “Hot Off the Press” Podcast.  He has done many local and regional demos on TV as well as had appearances on five different Food Network programs and has been featured in 4 Food Network videos.

One of Chef Pete’s greatest accomplishments has been co-founding “The Messlords”, a group of celebrity chefs that travel the world cooking for our troops! Bringing a “Fork Full of Freedom” to Bases and Battleships, from Cuba to Japan and everywhere imaginable in-between!

Notable accomplishments:

  • Awarded 2 Fellowships with the CIA upon graduation.
  • Hotel Service coordinator onboard a Cruise Ship
  • Executive Chef with Aramark University of Alabama
  • Managed one of the highest volume restaurants in the state of Florida
  • Corporate Chef for Regional chain
  • KCBS Certified BBQ Judge
  • Chef for Summer Exposition of the artist “Nalls” Volata Paoux Vance, France
  • Invitational Judge for the prestigious Jack Daniels World Championship of BBQ
  • Coordinating Judge for the Hangout Oyster Cook-off
  • Member Best Chefs in America
  • Culinary Institute of America Alumni Advisory Council Board Member
  • Founding Member of ‘The Messlords” cooking for our US Troops all over the World
  • Panini Pete’s voted the Number One Sandwich Shop in Alabama!