Address: 3445 W Univ Ave, Gainesville FL 32607 / (352) 371-1711
About Us / Mildred's Big City Food History: Chef Bert Gill has been working in restaurants since 1985 and graduated from NECI (New England Culinary Institute) in 1994. He has been the Executive Chef of Mildred's Big City Food since June of 1999. Chef Gill spent seven years as a weekly staple on TV20 where he demonstrated cooking techniques and unique produce from local farmers.
Bert and his wife, Tara Gill, are now the owners of Mildred's Big City Food, The New Deal Café and Blue Gill Quality Foods. Blue Gill opened in June 2011 and is gaining popularity for its fun atmosphere, fresh food and great cocktails. Florida Trend named Blue Gill “Gainesville’s Best New Restaurant 2012” in their “Best of Florida” issue.
Through their restaurants, the Gills are dedicated to supporting locally grown, sustainable agriculture. They have been a major supporter of local farmers in the North Central Florida community and in 2003 Bert co-founded a farm to table food organization, the North Florida Food Partnership. Bert also donates his free time volunteering within the North Central Florida community. It is not only his commitment to teach his patrons about sustainable agriculture, but also the community’s youth. Bert is involved with mentoring future chefs at Eastside High School and teaching them the importance of organic and local agriculture.
Chef Gill also volunteered in the Alachua District cafeterias for three years as part of the “Let’s Move” organization where he helped set up healthy school menu items for our county’s children. His dedication to supporting the North Central Florida community was recognized in 2008 when he received the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award from the Alachua County School District. In addition, Bert was acknowledged by the Florida Restaurant Association when they presented him with the 2008 ProStart Pineapple Award for his lecturing/teaching within the restaurant industry and in 2009 they also named Chef Gill the Professional Mentor of the Year.