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Influx of Celebrity Chefs makes Miami and Miami Beach a new Foodie Haven

5 Apr

Miami Beach – Tudor House Dining Room

From delis and dives a decade ago to five-star restaurants today, who would have thought Miami and Miami Beach would become such sophisticated bastions of gastronomic delights?

Geoffrey Zakarian’s Tudor House restaurant at the Dream Hotel just one of several new eateries headed by celebrity chefs, now making Miami and Miami Beach top food destinations in the U.S.

When superstar “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian recently opened his Tudor House restaurant at the Dream Hotel, his timing couldn’t have been more spot on. That’s because he’s landed in the middle of a culinary cauldron, a tornado of executive chefs who are considered to be at the top of their field and who have chosen to “steak” their places in Miami and Miami Beach.  It’s part of  the trend and growth of “serious” restaurants in South Florida run by world renown chefs and is indicative of how quickly our cities have propelled themselves to the top of great Foodie cities.

“The culinary landscape of Miami Beach has drastically evolved just in the last five years,” says Jeff Lehman, Chair, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “The sophistication of our newest restaurants, the A-list group of chefs that want to expand their franchises here and the expectation of excellence that’s now a part of the eating experience on Miami Beach says everything about the evolution of the city into a first class, luxury destination of choice for travelers.”

The Food Network is filming “Next Food Network Star” in Miami; and in addition to Zakarian’s Tudor House, Laurent Tourondel holds court at BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel;  Scott Conant oversees Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau; Andrew Carmellni runs the second outlet of his award-winning restaurant The Dutch at the W; Jeff McInnis just opened Yardbird restaurant;  Paula DeSilva is breaking new ground at 1500 Degrees at the Eden Roc; Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne continues to wow in downtown Miami; in Bal Harbor and Jean-George Vongerichten has just opened the J&G Grill at the St. Regis hotel. In addition, Michelle Bernstein, Michael Schwartz and Douglas Rodriguez, the old guard, continue to reign supreme.

And from Shake Shack to Serendipity 3, significant New York restaurants are opening outlets here because they know South Florida has become the destination on the culinary food map and is growing year on year.

“I love it here,” says Laurent Tourondel, Executive Chef, BLT Steak. “It was important for us to open BLT at the Betsy Hotel to take advantage of the city’s trendy clientele and laid back style. There’s something a little different about South Florida. We’re a little surprised but very happy at how extremely successful BLT has been here.”

The newest and most exciting cities for a brilliant gastronomic holiday? Miami and Miami Beach, Florida.

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