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 he was 14-years-old. Ford got his first break from world-famous chef, Christophe Eme, who was moved by the youngster's sincere enthusiasm and after hosting the teenager for dinner at his renowned restaurant, L’Orangerie, Eme offered him a job. Later, he staged and worked at Patina under Chef Joachim Splichal, and in 2008, secured a position with the celebrated South Florida chef, Dean Max at 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale. Over the course of five years, Ford went from sous chef to chef de cuisine to executive chef to corporate chef at 3030 Ocean, and worked with Max to open four restaurants that shed light on the growing farm-to-table movement.
Ford soon felt ready for the next step, and this time he went for gold – throwing his name in the ring as the chef of the new restaurant from Michelin-star celebrity chef, Jean-Georges in Miami's EDITION hotel and secured the job at Matador Room. At the exact moment most chefs would step back and enjoy their success, Ford decided to once again put his skills to the test. He signed up for Top Chef with one goal – to win.
Now back at Matador Room, Ford is looking forward to all of the adventures that will inevitably come with his newfound fame.