Derek Harris, executive chef of The Hill Seafood and Chophouse in Grosse Pointe Farms, has had a passion in the culinary field since he was 14 years old. Harris was born and raised in Warren. He learned a lot of his culinary skills while spending time with his grandmother from Germany and his southern grandfather. He took a few courses in high school, competing against other students and winning gold and silver awards. In 2014 he traveled to New York to attend classes at The International Culinary Center while exploring other fine dining restaurants. Harris enjoys exploring different foods especially molecular gastronomy and hidden gems. Harris has been dedicated to his career for nine years and plans to keep moving forward in the culinary field.