By: Kara Franker
Check out this list of some of Miami’s hottest celebrity chefs.
As Miami’s food scene continues to evolve, notable chefs and restauranteurs are looking to get a piece of the action. Celebrity chefs serve up every buzz term from molecular gastronomy to comfort food.
James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz opened his flagship restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami’s Design District in 2007. Since that time, the chef has opened a number of successful restaurants across Miami and in the Caribbean.
Another winner of the prestigious James Beard Award, Michelle Bernstein is a Miami local that’s achieved international acclaim. She recently redesigned her original restaurant Michy’s and named it Cena by Michy.
With restaurants open across America, Michael Mina has developed a successful portfolio of dining concepts, including several locations in Miami.
Achieving numerous accolades including Restauranteur of the Year awards, Stephen Starr has mastered the art of opening popular restaurants. His newest restaurant, The Continental Miami is located next to Aloft South Beach and is a 70s-style diner.
- Makoto at the Bal Harbour Shops (Bal Harbour)
Named one of America’s Best New Chefs in 2004, Scott Conant has opened multiple restaurants, including the sophisticated Scarpetta with locations in Miami Beach, as well as Las Vegas and Los Angeles. His newest venture is CORSAIR at Turnberry Isle Miami
Another James Beard Award-winning chef, Jamie DeRosa opened Tongue & Cheek on South Beach after departing Tudor House. He has plans to open another restaurant concept soon.
With restaurants all over the world, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has taken Miami Beach by storm with the Matador Room at The Edition hotel and a rumored new concept on the way in the Design District.
- Matador Room at The Edition (Miami Beach)
- Tropicale (Miami Beach)
- Coming soon: a new restaurant in the Design District
Miami-born chef Kevin Cory offers Japanese Cuisine by chef’s choice only and reservations are hard to come by at his eight-seat NAOE on Brickell Key. He also serves Japanese sake from his relative’s 200-year-old brewery in Japan.
- NAOE (Brickell Key)
- N by NAOE (Brickell Key)
Over the last two decades, James Beard Award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud has opened numerous restaurants. His popular db Bistro Moderne restaurant is located in downtown at JW Marriott Marquis Miami.
Andrew Carmellini, a New York based chef and winner of multiple James Beard Awards, opened The Dutch Miami at the W Hotel South Beach. As a child, he spent vacations visiting his grandparents in Miami and his grandfather ran the original Surf Club.
After opening a number of notable restaurants under his Craft Restaurants brand in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio opened his first South Florida restaurant at 1 Hotel & Homes.
With former tenures at The Forge and North 110 under his belt, Dewey LoSasso joined forces with Peter Schnebly to open The Redlander with Schnebly Winery and Miami Brewing Co.
A pioneer of Spanish tapas and an award-winning chef, José Andrés has opened restaurants all over the country, including South Beach.
Former private chef for The Rolling Stones, Sanjay Dived has opened successful restaurants in London and Dubi, with his newest edition in Brickell.
More celebrity chef restaurants coming soon…
- Spike Mendelsohn’s Sunny’s at a new hotel on Miami Beach called The Hall.
- Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s new restaurants helmed by chefs Gabriel Ask, Francis Mallmann and Paul Qui.
- Joël Robuchon plans to open L'Atelier, Le Bar, La Boutique and La Terrace in the Design District.
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