VeritageMiami’s 2015 Interactive Dinner chef lineup features five of Miami's hippest and hottest.
Chef Eileen Andrade
FINKA Table & Tap
Eileen Andrade is the owner of FINKA Table & Tap in West Kendall, where Andrade serves up her unique twists on traditional Latin cuisine. FINKA’S menu is inspired by Andrade’s travels to South Korea and her Peruvian mentor, chef Omar Caycho, and of course, her Cuban roots. Andrade grew up in the kitchen, working alongside her parents and grandfather who opened Islas Canarias, a well-known Cuban restaurant on Coral Way back in 1977. After working with her family at Islas Canarias, Andrade and her brother Jon opened their own mobile restaurant CubanCube in 2011, and later FINKA Table & Tap in the spring of 2014. To much acclaim, Andrade has been acknowledged by the Miami Herald’s prestigious list South Florida’s Food 50 in 2015; and Zagat Miami’s 30 Under 30 in 2014.
Chef Adrianne Calvo
Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar
Adrianne Calvo is the owner of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar – a concept inspired by Calvo’s time in Napa Valley working under chef Thomas Keller and chef Cindy Pawlcyn. She attended Johnson & Wales University, through which she competed in more than 40 national competitions and became the youngest person to cook for the United Nations. After graduating, Calvo began to work under executive chef Patrick Lassaque of the Ritz Carton in Paris and at Mandarin Oriental, before opening her restaurant in 2007. In 2009, Calvo became the spokesperson for Panda Kitchen and Bath, providing her with increasing television exposure on her weekly cooking segments with NBC’s 6 in the Mix and Univision. Calvo has also published books to include: Maximum Flavor, Driven by Flavor Fueled by Fire. In 2006, Calvo established the Make It Count Foundation, which benefits children suffering from cancer and their families. To date, she has partnered with over a dozen charitable organizations, made several national TV appearances to include Chopped and received several awards and recognitions. Her restaurant is located in West Kendall and is known as a “hidden gem” and notably a destination dining must.
Chef Paula DaSilva
Paula DaSilva is the executive chef of 3030 Ocean at the Harbour Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, known for its delectable seafood, romantic ambiance and talented culinary team that under DaSilva’s tutelage, executes imaginative farm-to-fork dishes that highlight the flavors and freshness of South Florida’s local ingredients. Hooked on cooking since she was a child, DaSilva would help in the kitchen at her family’s Brazilian restaurants. Shortly after earning an associate degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, DaSilva appeared on season five of the Fox show Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. DaSilva was invited to be a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City, where she shared her innovative dishes with the sophisticated palates of their members and guests, and she is a seven-time participant in the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. After beginning her culinary career at 3030 Ocean in 2000, DaSilva was named executive chef of 1500˚ at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, which was the only Florida restaurant featured in food critic John Mariani’s annual article in Esquire magazine, The Best New Restaurants in America.
Chef Cindy Hutson
Ortanique on the Mile
Cindy Hutson is a self-taught chef who developed a passion for cooking at the age of nine, and honed her skills through her teenage years. Named Chef of the Year by Chef Magazine in 2011 and Chef of the Year by Eater in 2012, Hutson and her life partner Delius Shirley currently own Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables; Ortanique on the Crescent at Camana Bay, on Grand Cayman Island; and chef Hutson recently expanded her cuisine to Harbour Island, Bahamas at The Dunmore. Her first venture with Shirley was Norma’s on the Beach, which received the coveted 5 Star Diamond Award for fabulous dining, and was touted as “the best Caribbean restaurant in South Florida” by publications such as USA Today, New York Times, London Times, Chicago Tribune and Ocean Drive. In 2015, Hutson released her first cookbook, From The Tip Of My Tongue, with tropical recipes accompanied with personal anecdotes. Later this year, Hutson will open Zest and Zest Mrkt in downtown Miami.
Chef Dena Marino
Dena Marino’s refined taste comes from her many years spent under the tutelage of acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Michael Chiarello. Her culinary sophistication has earned her accolades from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, La Cucina Italiana, Wine Spectator and the New York Post. She hails from Aspen, Colorado, where she gained reputation as the chef of the much respected D19, Ellina and Ajax Tavern. In 2012, Marino opened MC Kitchen in Miami's Design District, showcasing her rustic Italian approach and the use of seasonal organic ingredients. Touted as one of Miami's best and best-looking restaurants, as well as one of the best in America by Esquire magazine, Marino has become a star in Miami's bustling dining scene. Her talents have also been showcased on the Food Network's Follow That Food with Gordon Elliott; Tom Colicchio’s Eat Drink or Die series, and in January of 2010, she challenged Masaharu Morimoto to Battle Fig on Iron Chef America.