MEET SEAGAR’S ALL-STAR TEAM
Fleetwood Covington, Executive Sous Chef
As Seagar’s executive sous chef, Fleetwood Covington directs food preparation and collaborates with the culinary team to produce high quality plates, showcasing design and taste. Covington started at Hilton Sandestin in 2017, where he trained under the leadership of renowned chefs that came from fine dining backgrounds in the intimate setting of Seagar’s.
Ben Rodriguez, General Manager
Seagar’s general manager, Ben Rodriguez, has been with Hilton Sandestin for 17 years, working his way up the ranks through various service and management positions. Rodriguez began his tenure as a Sandcastles server before being promoted to assistant manager and later general manager. He then took on additional responsibilities in 2020 with the resort’s multiple on-property food and beverage outlets, including Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, The Coffee Shop, and Picnix Poolside Market. Rodriguez will work with Seagar’s wine program director Paul Schoenberg to lead the restaurant and uphold its legendary four-diamond experience.
Catherine Lien, Beverage Director
Prior to joining Hilton Sandestin, Catherine Lien dedicated nearly 20 years to Emeril Lagasse’s famed Delmonico Steakhouse in the Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she procured and maintained a spirits program that consisted of more than 1,000 different labels and 750 different whiskies. Lien’s impressive career encompasses many other notable culinary and libation positions, including manager at Tao Asian Bistro and Nightclub; assistant general manager at Hank’s Fine Steaks & Martinis; dining room captain and manager at Delmonico Steakhouse; and dining room captain at Commander’s Palace. As director of beverage, Lien will work to maintain the exceptional quality of beverage and dining service to ensure guest satisfaction with the overall resort experience.
Jasmine Brown, Special Events Manager
Throughout her nearly 10-year career, Jasmine Brown has trained under the guidance of many notable chefs, successfully expanding her culinary skills as garde-manger and later as sauté cook. As the new special events manager of Seagar’s, Brown will serve as a liaison between guests and the restaurant team, managing the restaurant’s private dining spaces, coordinating community focused events for the culinary team, and handling event logistics for off-site festivals.