Dean Neff is a Chef that calls Wilmington, NC his home. Dean’s creative, yet accessible approach to local food in Eastern North Carolina, with a sophisticated appreciation for seasonality is what has earned him a place on the James Beard Semi-finalist list for 2019. Dean created Pinpoint Restaurant in May of 2015 and sold his shares in February of 2019. Dean put Pinpoint into the National spotlight with his Pinpoint was named One of the “Best New Restaurants in the South in 2016, and was just named the # 9 Best Restaurant in the South. Dean and Lydia were invited to NYC last year to represent the state of North Carolina with a specific focus on Wilmington in the annual Visit NC PR event. Dean has built his career in food around leadership and support of the Wilmington, NC community while gaining national attention as a culinary leader.