Andrea Curto-Randazzo

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    June 4, 2012

    Lorena Garcia, Robyn Almodovar on Hell's Kitchen, Top Chef Masters

    For decades, talent scouts and filmmakers have scoured our tropical city in search of beautiful faces attached to perfect tanned bodies. It's true that Miami has more than its fair share of perfection in human form. But we also have talent and brains to go with that beauty.Take local chefs, Robyn Al ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Visit Fairchild's Chocolate Fest Today Because Chocolate Can't Get You Pregnant!

    Calling all chocoholics - Fairchild's sixth International Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival kicks off today and runs through Sunday. $25 admission gets you in on the 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. choco-scene at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. There's something for everyone.​The Cho ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Chef Marco Ferraro No Longer at Wish

    ​Will Chef Ferraro wish to stay in Miami? Only time will tell.​We suspected something was up when Chef Marco Ferraro was replaced at Wynwood Kitchen recently (though, truly, we felt the caliber of his food was markedly better at Wish), but it still came as a surprise when an insider told us he h ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    May 4, 2011

    A Miami Chef Timeline (1986-2008)

    Chef Allen helped launch the modern Miami dining scene in 1986The closing of Chef Allen's last week represented the end of an important chapter in Miami restaurant history. There was a time in the mid-'90s when the main restaurant debate at gatherings focused on whether Allen Susser, ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    12 Top Miami Chefs Who Were Not Too Big To Fail, Part Two

    Ben FinkIt was a genuine struggle to the top​In yesterday's installment, we listed six chefs, in alphabetical order, who at one point or another in their careers encountered a flop. We continue with the remaining half-dozen:7. Chef: Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Frank RandazzoFlop: Water ClubTalula fo ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Big Name Consulting Chefs Make Reputations Smaller

    ​It is neither unusual nor unseemly for chefs to provide their names and consulting expertise to restaurants when they ultimately won't play an integral role. Nobody, for instance, really expects to see Wolfgang Puck twirling pizza dough in the kitchen of one of his 50 Wolfgang Puck Express restau ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    The Randazzos Discuss Departing the Water Club

    ​Andrea Curto-Randazzo is one of Miami's best known chefs, and the restaurant she ran with her husband Frank, Talula, was for years one of Miami Beach's finest eating establishments. Last year, they left to help start a new venture -- as executive chefs of the Water Club in North Miami Beach.Yeste ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Did Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo Leave the Water Club? (UPDATE)

    Has ACR left the building?Miami New Times was alerted to a Twitter post announcing Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo has bailed on her latest venture. "Former Top Chef contestant Andrea Curto-Randazzo is no longer part of The Water Club," @Miamitude reports.There's no announcement on the restaurant's websi ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Go Gaga for Chocolate at Fairchild Tropical Garden's 5th Annual Chocolate Festival

    courtesy Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden​For as long as it's existed, chocolate has been revered. Rich, smooth, creamy; however you like to consume it, it sooths and stimulates, comforts and warms. How does one not like chocolate? For three days starting Friday, about 12,000 people will show th ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 24, 2010

    Bacon Love Recipe for Curto-Randazzo's Roasted Tomato and Smoked Bacon Bisque

    via cherrylet Flickr​Yesterday we promised you a recipe from Jayne Rockmill's new hardcover book I Love Bacon! ($19.99) so, yet again, we're delivering. Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo, now at The Water Club and formerly of Talula and Top Chef fame, contributed her recipe for roasted tomato and smoked ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010
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    October 21, 2010
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    October 18, 2010

    Ceviche Throwdown, Photo Recap for a Good Cause

    And the winner is... CEVICHE 105! Chef Juan Chipoco takes the crown thanks to the judges.Close to 300 tickets were sold to yesterday's Ceviche Throwdown.  Miamians, tweeples, foodies and judges alike came together to benefit the Friends of the Fishermen, a nonprofit associated with the Lo ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Wine Over Miami, Where Wine Doth Taken Over

    ​Forget about that full-body cleanse. It seems as though wine has just taken over the city this week. Miami plays host to a number of wino-centric events open to both trade and consumers. If you love Spanish wines, jump on the wine train Wednesday, October 13 at the Great Match at the Biltmore Hot ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    De Rodriguez Ocean Set For Sneak Peek Benefit Night

    Lee Klein15 ceviches will be found at De Ocean​There has been surprisingly little hoopla over De Rodriguez Ocean, due to open at The Hilton Bentley at the tip of South Beach "late next month" (translation: October if we're lucky). Maybe folks figure it's just another branch of D. Rodriguez Cuba, a ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Exclusive: Talula Sold, Eden Coming Soon -- Updated

    Chef Chris Lee will be creating farm-to-table dishes at Eden. ​Top Chef's Andrea Curto-Randazzo, along with hubby Frank Randazzo, has finally sold Talula. The long-suffering restaurant was put on the market a few months ago, despite Andrea's brief brush with fame on Top Chef.Coming in its place is ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Cold War, Episode Recap

    Andrea Curto-Randazzo stares down Michelle Bernstein and Padma Lakshmi. ​Prior to the airing of this episode of Top Chef, I saw that Michelle Bernstein (of Michy's and Sra. Martinez) would be one of the judges. I wondered if this would work for or against Talula chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo. The Mia ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Mango Mania at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

    Paula Niño​For Indian actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey, the best thing to do with a mango is simply eat it. Her favorite way to enjoy them doesn't involve a knife or perfectly cut dice. Instead, she pierces the top of a soft, ripe mango with her nail, puts the fruit to her mouth, squeez ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    We're Auctioning Off Talula! (Updated)

    ​Andrea Curto-Randazzo, who with husband Frank forms the chef/ownership team of Talula, mentioned in an interview published over the weekend that they are trying to sell their South Beach restaurant. We're sorry, if not surprised, to hear the news, and thought we'd try to help the culinary co ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Top Chef's Andrea Curto-Randazzo's Video Rant

    Top Chef's Andrea Curto-Randazzo. ​Miami Top Chef contestant Andrea Curto-Randazzo has taken to YouTube to vent some frustrations (you hear that, Padma!), give her fellow reality stars some shout-outs and throw out the word "cock." The Talula and Water Club chef's "I'm Just Sayin' " video rant is ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Save the Date for Fairchild's Mango Culinary Conference

    Paula NiñoMango varieties at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Mango Brunch​Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden will open this year's Annual International Mango Festival with a Mango Culinary Conference, a day of panel discussions that pairs Fairchild's tropical fruit experts and local chef ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    The Return of Top Chef: Season Premiere Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoGo Andrea, go!Season seven of Top Chef launched last night and it was great to see a very buxom Padma Lakshmi and no-nonsense Tom Colicchio return to the airwaves. This version of Top Chef is set in Washington D.C., and the puns about cooking in our nation's capital en ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Michelle Bernstein To Be A Judge on Top Chef Once Again

    Photo by Jacquelynn D. PowersMichelle Bernstein. ​Last night at a casual dinner at Michy's, Short Order found out that chef/proprietor Michelle Bernstein judged an episode of the new season of Top Chef, which begins this Wednesday night on Bravo. While Bernstein has officiated Top Chef in the past ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Cupcakes Nouveau to Star in Food Network's Cupcake Wars

    courtesy of Cupcakes NoveauCristina Valdes and Shayrin Badillo​It seems like Miami will have a lot of talent to follow on TV this summer. We have Andrea Curto-Randazzo on Top Chef, Aria Kagan on The Next Food Network Star, and now the girls behind Cupcakes Nouveau will be starring in the new Food ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Andrea Curto-Randazzo: Chef and TV Star To-Be, Part Two

    Here's Part Two of our interview with soon-to-be celebrity chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo. You canread the first part of the interview here.She raises the bar... even if she's behind it.Now how did your appearance on Top Chef come about? You didn't have enough going on?I did it for publicity because tha ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Interview With Chef and TV Star To-Be Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Part One

    So is she the Top Chef or not? ​A lot has happened since we last interviewed Andrea Curto-Randazzo, co-owner and co-chef of Talula on Miami Beach. She and her husband began handling the kitchen at a second restaurant, The Water Club in North Miami. And she began preparing to compete on Top Chef Se ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    The Waterclub Opens in North Miami Beach

    ​Last night The Water Club opened its doors to the public after an expensive and extensive makeover to what was once the famous Shooters location. The new look includes a to-the-ceiling wine room, '70s style yellow lounge sofas, and portrait photo collages of Miami icons.Inside, guests can can sit ... More >>

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    April 12, 2010

    Food & Wine Strikes Back at El Jefe

    ​Food & Wine Editor Dana Cowin responded to my post from last week about the magazine's lack of top new chefs who are either Hispanic or from Miami. She -- and spokeswoman Lori Lefevre -- make some good points. For instance, they note the mag is a top sponsor of the South Beach Wine & Foo ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Lunch in the Garden Celebrates Women's History Month

    Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower will host a lunch this Friday, March 26, to commemorate Women's History Month.Lunch in the Garden will take place at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and is part of the annual Women's Exhibit Conference and Expo, an event started by the mayor. The featured ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Farm-Fresh Eggs, Stone Crabs, and Fruit at Collins Park Green Market

    Green markets are all the rage in Miami, and the latest one from The Market Company is a tiny representation of local commerce at work. While The Market Company represents much bigger outdoor gatherings (including nearby on Lincoln Road), the Collins Park Sunday Market is cozy and functional. Yester ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Two Opposing Views on Talula

    ​My editor told me about a dinner he'd had at Talula, and noted the lack of customers. He thinks it deserves better, while my take is that there is a reason for those empty seats. He wrote his thoughts down, and I responded:Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse: I love Talula. The 23rd Street joint ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Interview: Marco Ferraro Gets the 10

    Photo by Mia NuñezChef Marco Ferraro of Wish.​There's something about Wish that seems to make culinary dreams come true, and its latest superstar, Executive Chef Marco Ferraro, appears to be skipping along the same path as a long line of extraordinary talent. First was Gary Robins, who eventually ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Interview: Andrea Curto-Randazzo Gets The 10

    Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo​Now here's a gal who really knows her way around a kitchen: Chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo of Talula. She co-owns and co-cooks with husband Frank Randazzo and has been since June 2003, dishing up eclectic eats inspired by Italy, Asia and the Southwest. They labeled their sty ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Talula & Rigatoni, Oceanaire & Caymus, Gonzalo & Olé, the FTC & Me

    ​Talula turns ItalianTalula restaurant recently launched Buon Appetito!, also known as Wednesday pasta night.  "We wanted to give our diners a special taste of the type of food we love cooking at home for our families," says Andrea Curto-Randazzo, the Italian chef/co-owner who opened Talula i ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Chefs Club Miami & Whole Foods Market: An Unholy Alliance

    ​"Begun in 2006 as a series of intimate, word-of-mouth chef gatherings at restaurants all across South Florida, Chefs Club Miami -- now boasting a membership of more than 30 of the town's culinary innovators and restaurant industry honchos -- is proud to announce its recent partnership with Whole ... More >>

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    June 18, 2009

    Los Sabores Del Mercado Venza at Lincoln Road Farmers Market

    Image via Specialized to vegetize. With a name that roughly translates as "Oye hijodeputa gringo, learn Spanish already," Los Sabores Del Mercado Venza is a free, bilingual event taking place Sunday, June 28 at the Lincoln Road Farmers Market at Lincoln Road and Euclid Av ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    A Valentine's Restaurant Survey

    Aaah Valentines, that stupid made-up holiday nobody really cares about, except the person you're with when you forget to get them somethin'. I called up a bunch of restaurants to see  what they got goin' on. Here's what they said.....

  • Dining

    October 11, 2007

    Upscale Downplayed

    Talula can be what you want; the “fine” line is now more difficult to divine

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    February 23, 2006

    A Glorious Feast

    Rejoice! The South Beach Wine and Food Fest is here

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    May 12, 2005
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    June 24, 2004

    Play Things

    Emblems of childhood transformed

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    February 19, 2004

    Restaurant Chefs Are Doing It for Themselves

    There's less of a hunger for sweets makers

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    October 30, 2003

    Season Opener Part II: The Comeback Kids

    Get ready, this season is dishing up a lot of new restaurants

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    September 4, 2003

    Talula, Baby

    The main ingredient in Talula's terrific taste? Um, it's all good

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    July 17, 2003

    Side Dish

    It's the dog days of summer, so thank God Talula is here

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    February 27, 2003

    Birth of a Notion

    Two chefs, a marriage, and a restaurant

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    August 15, 2002

    Norman to Open New Nest

    The king of New World cuisine is finally branching out

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    March 21, 2002

    Buns in the Ovens

    A chef's life leaves little room for baby

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