Dean Neff

Love, Lydia  | Wilmington, NC

Dean’s creative yet accessible approach to local food with a sophisticated appreciation for seasonality is what earned him a spot on the James Beard semifinalist list for 2019.

Dean has a degree from the University of Georgia in business and marketing and a culinary degree from the School of Culinary Arts in Atlanta. Dean created Pinpoint Restaurant in May 2015 and sold his shares in February 2019. Dean put Pinpoint into the national spotlight – it was named one of the Best New Restaurants in the South in 2016 and one of the top ten Best Restaurants in the South by Southern Living


Dean has built his career in food around leadership and support of community nonprofit groups in the Wilmington community.

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Dean is participating in the East Meets West dinner on 10/16.