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Rob Stinson, Executive Chef and Owner of Gulfport’s Lookout Steakhouse, Back Bay Seafood, Salute Italian Restaurant, Kelly’s Sports Pub and formerly Lookout 49 & Long Beach Lookout, has made a huge impact on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the past ten years. Rob has opened thirty-two (32) restaurants in his career, owning six of those.

He is the featured chef on the healthy cooking show on MPB, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, called “Fit to Eat,” designed to educate and change the eating and cooking style of Mississippi viewers. This show utilizes all Mississippi products and airs at 730pm every Thursday. Rob cooked and was featured on national ABC TV on the show “The Chew.” He has three weekly TV cooking segments, “Lunch at the Lookout,” on WLOX ABC TV, “That’s What I Like About The South,” on FOX TV WXXV along with “Fit to Eat.”

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 in 2007 and 2009. Rob also represents the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Seafood Marketing as their official Chef for the State of Mississippi. Lookout Steakhouse was voted “Best Steakhouse on the Gulf Coast for 2012.” Back Bay Seafood was voted “Best Seafood Restaurant on the Coast 2010,” Salute Italian was voted “Best Italian Restaurant on the Gulf Coast 2012.” 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. His spectrum of work has spanned from 5-star dining at Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans, Grill Room, to managing the highest volume restaurant in the world, Orlando Planet Hollywood.

Rob’s community involvement has separated him from other businesses on the Gulf Coast as he has served as president of the Rotary, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the board of many other committees. His companies have focused on caterings to help feed the masses during community events, weddings, special events and disaster relief. During the after effects of Hurricane Katrina Rob focused his catering efforts to the Red Cross to help feed thousands of volunteers
and those impacted by the storm. In the years to follow he catered hundreds of events including the BP Oil Spill, show casing his companies abilities to be there again for the volunteers and community. This allowed him to create Catering Creations a versatile yet dynamic catering company that is capable of exceeding any requests in catering. Catering Creations is specifically designed and geared to handling large events: Films, weddings, disaster relief, with the ability to be on location any time, any where, handling any special dietary needs

Rob Stinson, phone: 228-343-1755, email:,

Rob Stinson


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