Chief Executive Officer
Early has 45 years of experience in the food and restaurant industry
Early has been in the seafood business most of his life and has always had the innovative spirit to be successful in business. It was this spirit that drove Early to run one of the largest and most successful seafood processing businesses in the ‘70s and ‘80s as well as being one of the first to tray package their products, selling to over 13,000 grocery stores. Early acquired extensive knowledge through sourcing seafood and owning processing plants from Nicaragua to Taiwan. Major storms in the mid-‘80s destroyed four of his oyster plants. Early’s innovative spirit and determination helped him segue into the restaurant business. He created one of the most successful restaurants, winning highest ratings, major awards and accolades in major national magazines. Famous celebrities often frequented his restaurants. In 2009, he teamed with his son, Stephen, to create The Wharf Express, now known as Wharf Casual Seafood.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Noah has 36 years of experience in the restaurant industry.
He started as a crew person with the largest Hardee’s franchisee at the time. Noah worked his way up the corporate ladder to become VP of Operations for the franchise group, later working the Hardee’s Food Systems as VP of Quality and Standards. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of US Restaurant Operations in 2000, overseeing 2,000 restaurants. Finally, he was promoted to Executive Vice President Training and Leadership Development in 2007, overseeing 3,300 Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants (CKE). After leaving CKE Restaurants, he developed and opened a fast casual concept, 1220 Café, in Tallassee, Alabama and later partnered with a group and developed Sonic Restaurants throughout Southern California.
Chef Stephen Duggar
Founder & Executive Chef
Chef Stephen has 20 years in the culinary field and restaurant business.
Stephen inherited the family work ethic and values and his own strong sense of creativity led him to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, from where he graduated in 1998, #1 in his class. Familiar TV and Food Network celebrity CIA graduates are: Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain, Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito, Bravo TV’s Top Chef Richard Blais & Food Network from Chef’s Michael Symon and Cot Cora. With his newly honed creativity, he created two successful restaurants on his own before rejoining the family business, The Wharf Express, now known as Wharf Casual Seafood. Chef Stephen is a creative food genius, expert in menu development and environmentally sustainable seafood practices. Chef Stephen enjoys staying true to the Wharf Casual Seafood model, while creating unique and crave-able menu items for today’s healthy and active lifestyle. Stephen is an integral part of the Wharf Casual Seafood concept. He will travel to all locations for ongoing staff training, television and regional food show appearances. Stephen’s attention to detail and standard of excellence ensures only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are part of every Wharf menu offering.