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Chef

2021 chefs

Chef Michael Schwartz

James Beard Award-winning chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz’s philosophy is simple: The secret to good food is good food. Beloved by locals and visitors to Miami since 2007, Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink set the bar for neighborhood dining with its menu based on simple preparations of seasonal ingredients and the atmosphere ...

Chef Justin Flit

Chef Justin Flit combines the best of classical training and high-profile experience of more than 16 years to create a uniquely South Florida approach to Italian food and seafood. With an early introduction to the culinary scene, Justin was exposed to the ins and outs of a restaurant kitchen at ...

Chef Niven Patel

Chef Niven Patel is closely identified with the cooking of Florida, his home state. Knowing what a strong influence he is on Miami’s dining scene, one might forget just how extensive his culinary background is. After culinary school, he worked with chef Dean Max in Fort Lauderdale, then took a ...

Past Chefs

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli

Growing up in Miami, Giorgio Rapicavoli spent hours watching cooking shows and paid close attention when his Italian mother was cooking. After high school, Rapicavoli attended Johnson & Wales University, but he was drawn more to real-life restaurant work than to formal study. He left school behind to work for ...

Bubbly Brunch Chef José Mendín

James Beard nominated chef/restaurateur and one of five 2014 Interactive Dinner celebrity chefs, José Mendín returns to VeritageMiami as the creative force behind our Bubbly Brunch menu. Born to parents with an appreciation for cuisine (and a great-grandmother who was a cooking instructor), Mendín didn’t discover his own love of ...

Interactive Dinner Chef Fabio Trabocchi

Recipient of the esteemed James Beard Award and Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef, chef Fabio Trabocchi is widely celebrated among the world's leading restaurateurs. Originally from the Marche region on Italy’s Adriatic coast, Trabocchi has passionately pursued the goal of creating a world class hospitality organization offering the finest dining experiences in ...

Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth

Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth were born and raised in Niceville, Florida and in Perth, Australia respectively. After traveling the world and experimenting with different cultures and cuisines, the pair first worked together at the Miami-based restaurant Gigi, where McInnis became executive chef in 2010. In 2011, McInnis returned ...

Chef Jeremy Ford

Matador Room Jeremy Ford is the winner of Bravo's Top Chef season 13 and the chef de cuisine at one of Miami's most prominent restaurants, The Miami Beach EDITION’S Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Originally from Jacksonville, he first developed a love for cooking after meeting his maternal grandmother when ...

Chef Dena Marino

MC Kitchen 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, ...

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 ...

Chef Paula DaSilva

3030 Ocean 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chef César Zapata

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions César Zapata is known as the “Stove Master and Pig Whisperer” of The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions. Before opening The Federal, Zapata changed the way South Floridians thought about food by opening Miami’s first pop-up restaurant, Phuc Yea!, in 2011. After its widespread ...

Chef José Mendín

The Pubbelly Restaurant Group José Mendín is the director of culinary operations for The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, the team who many Miami foodies credit for the local chef movement. Mendín, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, worked for many well-known restaurants including Nobu and Sushi Samba, before opening Pubbelly ...

Chef Todd Erickson

HaVen South Beach Todd Erickson is the executive chef of HaVen South Beach on Lincoln Road, a futuristic electric lounge offering innovative cocktails and some of the most refined food in the city. At HaVen, Erickson takes local, organic ingredients and transforms them into a variety of global small plates ...

Chef Alberto Cabrera

Bread + Butter Alberto Cabrera is the executive chef of Bread + Butter in Coral Gables, where the Miami native embraces his Cuban-American roots — taking traditional dishes and revamping them by adding a modern spin, such as his Chicharron De Puerco with a truffle-black bean puree. Cabrera learned the ...

Chef Daniel Boulud

Interactive Dinner, Friday, April 19, 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami A native of Lyon, France, today chef Daniel Boulud is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered French chefs in New York, the city he has called home since 1982. Daniel is ...