Sebastian Daily adds another staff member for Vero Beach

Brian LaPersonerie is a photographer and restaurant critic in Vero Beach.
Brian LaPersonerie is a photographer and restaurant critic in Vero Beach.

SEBASTIAN – Brian LaPersonerie has joined Sebastian Daily to help with photography and Vero Beach restaurant reviews.

Born and raised around New York’s diverse culture and cuisine, it’s no surprise that Brian inherited a palate for great food. His background – German, Welsh, English, French, Irish and even Sicilian – has exposed him to all styles of cooking; whether at holiday gatherings or from his talented mom in their family kitchen.

At just 13, he took his first job in a local Delicatessen and quickly learned how to prepare New York’s most authentic deli favorites. Brian continued as a cook, buser, server and even a pizza chef over the next twenty years before traveling Europe as a fashion model. Even then, he was thrilled to explore Europe’s iconic food cities.

Brian says, “we eat with our eyes first” so capturing and presenting the deep colors of food is an art and an important part of Brian’s reviews. Being a life-long foodie, with experience in and out of the kitchen has taught Brian the more technical parts of cooking and hospitality. But in theory, he’s just a regular person, like you and I, who loves food and wants to help further your culinary adventures!

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland. When he was age 9, his parents moved to Jupiter, Florida. Andy spent several years at various radio & television stations in Florida such as WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. In 1994, Andy made a career change to computer programming and worked for several technology companies (two are Fortune 500) in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2002. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.