Our Team

Sarah Hampton

General Manager

      Sarah and her husband Will moved to the gulf coast from Memphis in January of 2016. She has been in the restaurant industry for twenty years, spending the last eleven years at Brookhaven Pub & Grill (La Cocina’s sister restaurant in Memphis) as a server, bartender and most recently as the general manager.

      Leaving the restaurant she has called home for so long was not an easy decision, but Sarah knew she couldn’t pass on the opportunity to be the GM at such a successful restaurant on 30A and to work with the great staff at La Cocina. With her extensive experience serving great food and drinks in a fun and inviting atmosphere, Sarah feels right at home at La Cocina.

       Sarah is a native of Munford, TN and a graduate of the University of Memphis. In her time away from the restaurant, she loves to travel, cook and spend time with their two dogs, Mia and Lola.

Eric Bartholomew

Executive Chef

      Eric hails from Huntsville, Alabama and began his cooking adventure at the local Marriott at age 16. He brings a strong and impressive knowledge of Latin, Asian, Southern regional cuisines to La Cocina. His previous experience was with the Tag Restaurant Group in Denver, CO as Executive Chef for the Los Chignons (a Latin concept). Prior to his tenure in Denver, Eric worked as head chef at Babalu Tacos and Tapas where he led menu development and new store openings around the country.

      Now firmly planted on the Florida panhandle and living on the Gulf Coast Eric gets a chance to forge relationships with local fishermen and farmers and provide sustainably raised products. On a personal note, living on the gulf allows him to pursue fly fishing, his biggest hobby, and enjoy family time in the sun with wife Hillary, daughters Isabella and Violet, and son Sawyer.

      We are looking forward to Eric Bartholomew offering an authentic Latin inspired and fresh menu to La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar in Seacrest Beach, Florida.

Haley Childress

Assistant Manager

      Haley is a Brentwood, Tennessee native who attended Ole Miss. She fine tuned her service industry skills in Nashville, TN where she bartended, served, and managed a few local hot spots such as Bar Louie. After moving to the Emerald Coast in 2015, she continued to tend bar but also added the experience of working as the office and marketing manger of a vacation concierge company.

       In 2017, she happily accepted the position as the assistant general manager at La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar. Haley enjoys the interaction with people and insists on the highest level of customer service. As to her personal side, she loves to create dishes and cocktails at home while relaxing with her beagle/basset hound Wobbles.

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