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    September 23, 2014

    Uvaggio and Touche: Top Chef Alums in Miami Have a Spotty Record

    Bravo's hit reality cooking show, Top Chef, which debuted in 2006, changed the way we look at chefs and the people who prepare high-end dishes. Its judges have included culinary luminaries like Anthony Bourdain and Food & Wine magazine editor Dana Cowin. And it has thrust more chefs before a nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Fabio Viviani Moving to Miami in Anticipation of Siena Tavern's Opening

    Fabio Viviani might have caught the public's eye during season five of Bravo's Top Chef, but he's been in the restaurant industry since he was a teen. The Florence native began cooking in family kitchens as a child before landing his first job at the age of 14 at Trattoria Il Pallaio. Now the handso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Nina Compton Leaving Scarpetta (Video)

    Nina Compton, who fascinated the United States on this season's Top Chef is leaving Scarpetta at the Fontainbleau Miami Beach. Although Compton didn't win the competition, she came in a close second and won the coveted "Fan Favorite" title. After the competition, Compton returned to Scarpetta to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Ruben Ruiz: Miami's Own Food Network Star

    Bobby Flay. Giada De Laurentiis. Guy Fieri. They're just a few of the chefs and hosts that have worked their way into the kitchens of America through their entertaining shows on Food Network. A coveted hosting gig is the aspiration of many young chefs and cooks who dream of being behind the stove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Top Chefs Nina Compton and Shirley Chung Team Up For Scarpetta Dinner

    If you were obsessed with last season's Top Chef, you were biting your nails at the edge of your seat, hoping for the inevitable Nina Compton Shirley Chung final death match....only to start throwing your gourmet truffle-scented popcorn at the television when Chung was eliminated at the last minute. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Nina Compton on Life After Top Chef

    If you're a Top Chef fan (or fan of Miami's Nina Compton), you probably watched a bit smugly for Padma Lakshmi's pronouncement of the winner of this season, only to be in complete shock and denial when Nicholas Elmi was declared victorious. No doubt, all of Miami (and Saint Lucia) had thoughts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Trisha Yearwood Cooks and Sings at Southern Kitchen Brunch (Video)

    Lee Brian Schrager, the founder and organizer of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival declared on stage the Southern Kitchen Brunch is one of his most beloved events. "I don't know if it's because it's so pretty, because some of the best food of the weekend is here, or because it has one of my favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Top Chef: Nicholas Elmi Wins, Nina Compton is Fan Favorite

    From the start of competition during this season of Top Chef, Nina Compton has been the one to beat. Strong from the start, Compton wowed the judges with bold flavors derived from her Caribbean roots, formal training, and tenure in the kitchen at Miami Beach's Scarpetta. Now, after a long season, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    The Fare Field: Kris Wessel Cooks Caribbean Roasted Guinea Hen

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but if you're so over the whole turkey-ocalypse, there are always other options. Caribbean roasted guinea hen, anyone? Miami's farm-based cooking show, the Fare Field, is featuring a Thanksgiving-appropriate menu in this week's online episode -- including t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Esquire Channel: Food Fights, Beer, and Travel for Metrosexuals

    Although there are hundreds of different cable channels, they really all boil down to a few different types -- news, sports, dumb sitcoms, or reality television. But what if you're a metrosexual who just wants to take a break from Jon Stewart? Well, Esquire Network is hoping you'll be enticed by it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Fabio Viviani Dishes About His Miami Restaurant (Video)

    The word's been out for a few months that Top Chef alum and major heartthrob Fabio Viviani is bringing his Italian comfort food to Miami. Siena Tavern is set to open on South Beach this year, with a menu that melds Italian favorites like lasagna and gnocci from Viviani's family recipes with dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Fabio Viviani's Siena Tavern Expanding to Miami Beach

    When Top Chef hottie Fabio Viviani was in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, he mentioned that he was opening a restaurant in Miami. Now, Chicago Business is reporting that Viviani and partners DineAmic Group of Chicago are bringing Siena Tavern to South Beach, with plans to open as ear ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013
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    July 17, 2013

    Toro Toro's Richard Sandoval to Appear on Top Chef Masters: Watch Party Scheduled (Video)

    Andres AravenaRichard Sandoval set to heat up Top Chef Masters.When Top Chef Masters season five premieres Wednesday, July 24, on Bravo, Miami will have someone to root for. Chef Richard Sandoval, the man behind Toro Toro at the InterContinental Miami, will pit his skills against a dozen other big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Khong River House Hosts Top Chef's Dale Talde For Chef's Table

    Khong River House's Chef Bee is sharing kitchen duty this Thursday, May 30, when Top Chef alum Dale Talde flies in from Brooklyn for this month's Upstairs at Khong Chef's Table. The family-style dinner starts at 8 p.m. and features both chefs serving up a host of their favorite dishes, while mingli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    SoBeWFF 2013 Events Everyone's Talking About

    For more on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21. A look at the full events lineup of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival can be dizzying. There are more celebrity chefs than you can shake a ladle at and more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Anne Burrell Talks Karaoke, Diamond Dishes, and Women in the Biz

    For more on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21. Anne Burrell is the Food Network's bubbly, blond ambassador of good times and great eats. A frequent face on the network, she's taken turns on Iron Chef America and Best Thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Best Thing I Ever Ate Serves Late-Night Munchies (Photos)

    All photos by Laine DossGetting down at SoBeWFF.​It's a fact. Most nights spent dancing and partying wind down in the local diner or coffee shop. Over some soggy fries and a tepid greaseburger, you wish that there was some place open where you could get some stone crab claws ... or Peking duck ... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Free Tickets: Harry's Pizzeria Hosting Jonathan Waxman Pop-Up (Updated)

    ​Jonathan Waxman, chef/owner of Barbuto in New York, Top Chef Masters alum, and author is taking over Michael Schwartz's Harry's Pizzeria Wednesday, February 1.Waxman is hosting a pop-up dinner event, featuring dishes from his book, Italian, My Way: More Than 150 Simple and Inspired Recipes That B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas Contestant Molly Brandt Talks About Working on a Ship

    ​Courtesy of Molly BrandtMolly Brandt, executive chef at 150 Central Park, dishes about Top Chef.​Top Chef: Texas premiered last week with a gigantic cast of cheftestants, including two chefs with local ties, Lindsay Autry, executive chef at Michelle Bernstein's restaurant at the Omphoy Palm Bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Mystery Solved (Sort Of), Cinco Coming, and The Chew on TV

    We found out the mystery café that had it's soft opening earlier this week will be called Crumb on Parchment. Michelle Bernstein's momma is making the baked goods. Stay tuned for an interview with her soon.Coral Gables is getting a new eatery: Cinco. Cinco is due--wait for it--on May 5 (uh, yeah, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Claire Robinson Describes Cooking on a French Barge and Chopped All-Stars, Her Next Project

    ​Claire Robinson,the vivacious and spirited host of Food Network's 5 Ingredient Fix, combines her love for cooking and education to bring you infotainment at it's best. This Florida native started her career behind the camera but quickly found her groove after attending NYC's The French Culinary I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Bryan Voltaggio on Top Chef and Making an Impact

    ​Most people know Bryan Voltaggio from his participation in season six of Top Chef. But by the time he landed on the show, Voltaggio already had a pretty impressive culinary resume. He started cooking when he was 14 in Frederick, Maryland, and after attending the Culinary Institute of America, wen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Bird Flu, Episode 14

    Photo by Joan Leong/BravoEric Ripert and Tom Colicchio.​So that's it. Arguably, Top Chef's most boring season comes to close. We started following season seven because local chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo was a contestant. But we had a feeling back during our pre-season interview that she wouldn't mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Houston, We Have a Problem, Episode 12

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoWas it really Tiffany's time?​A lot of Top Chef fans complain the DC edition has been boring. Yeah, there have been some duds, but Las Vegas was much worse. The Voltaggio brothers were too good to be on Top Chef and blew out the competition week after week. Where's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Covert Cuisine, Episode 10

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/Bravo​With the departure of Kenny, I wasn't looking forward to this episode of Top Chef. I thought it would be all about Angelo and his ego. And in a way it was; just not the usual bragging and posturing. Dude seemed off his game last night. What was consistent in this ep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Restaurant Wars, Episode 9

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoTom Colicchio and Kenny.​Each season of Top Chef, everyone looks forward to one episode in particular: "Restaurant Wars." Last night, the show celebrated the episode with a bang. And the result was kind of surprising.Before "Restaurant Wars," however, we got a shot o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Power Lunch, Episode 7

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoPack up your knives, Andrea.​This episode began with some obligatory scenes in the Top Chef brownstone. While Angelo was missing ousted Tamesha, Kenny was still licking his wounds from being sent to Judges' Table by his peers: "For the last challenge I wasn't on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Everyone Gets Crabs, Episode 5 Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoAndrea is finally on top!​This episode of Top Chef marked the first of the show's fauxmances, with the pairing off of Angelo and Tamesha in one corner, and Ed and Tiffany in another. Is it a sign of gamesmanship or true love? Or are these lusty chefs getting lonely i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Andrea Finally Gets Some Airtime, Episode 4 Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoTeam Kelly and Andrea!​Last week, we complained that local chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo was getting little airtime on this season's Top Chef, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Good because it probably means she isn't going home anytime soon (the show is notorio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Intern Picnic Par-tay, Episode 3 Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoStop playing it safe Andrea!​Another episode of Top Chef, another episode of the same: Angelo and Kenny continue to whoop everyone's ass, Homegirl Andrea floats around in contestant purgatory, which isn't a good place to be. Her  food is passable for now, but ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Cooking Channel: The First 24 Hours

    Laura Calder: Because every food channel needs its own Rachael Ray.​Yesterday, if you skipped on the memorializing of our nation's veterans through grilling various meats, you might have parked yourself in front of your TV to catch the premiere of the Cooking Channel. The network replaced Fine Liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Tiramesu, Sardinia Chefs Face Off in Italian Cooking Show

    ​Chefs Luca Taretto of Tiramesu and Pietro Vardeu of Sardinia will face off on May 20 in an Italian cooking battle at the MiaCucina showroom in Coral Gables. The battle is the first of the Italian Cooking Show IV, a series of five monthly cook-offs organized by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    The Real Reason Top Chef's Micah Edelstein Left Grass

    ​While it was ;reported that executive chef Micah Edelstein left Grass in the Design District a few weeks ago, no official reason was given for her departure. Short Order called the former Top Chef contestant and dug up the inside scoop. Edelstein says Grass' owners approached her and asked that s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    The Return of Julia Child

    No, it's not another movie starring Meryl Streep. It was announced today that cooking legend Julia Child will return to the airwaves. Child, who passed away in 2004, will be resurrected via the new Cooking Channel. Beginning June 1, Julia's informative and oft-imitated show will be paired with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Carmen Gonzalez Wins in Second Episode of Top Chef Masters Season 2

    The only chef with a Miami connection in the second season of Bravo's Top Chef Masters won last night's episode. After a bout of unlucky events, Carmen Gonzalez seemed an unlikely winner in an elimination challenge that required the chefs to put their twist on soul food for actor Mekhi Phifer's bir ... More >>

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    September 24, 2009
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    February 23, 2009

    Top Chef and Barilla: For the Foodie in All of Us

    "You have to respect your ingredients. You have to respect the food." This according to Top Chef Ilan Hall is the recipe for success. Other advice to amateur foodies included the typical "start at the bottom, even if it means peeling garlic." And then keep a clean workspace. However his brief answer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Save The Date: Cooking with Michelle Bernstein

    Mark Tuesday, March 10th in indelible ink and reserve now if you fancy the chance to cook with Miami star chef Michelle Bernstein: Bernstein will be demonstrating recipes from her new book Cuisine a Latina that night for a Miami Slow Food event sponsored by Whole Foods. In case you've had your head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Jeff McInnis Says Bravo Used Him As A "Sex Object"

    You just couldn't let it go Jeff? After getting kicked off of Top Chef this week, DiLido Beach Club chef Jeff McInnis spoke to People magazine about how he feels that Bravo used him a "sex object" for the show.Reality check McInnis, there is only one sex object on Top Chef and her name is Padma Laks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Jeff McInnis' Vanity Rears Its Ugly Head in Top Chef Season Premiere

    Jeff McInnis: The Marsha Brady of Top Chef. Way to go Jeff McInnis! It only took a few minutes into last night's season premiere of Top Chef to show us you are complete douche when you stated, "As far as my looks go, I always get a server or food runner check my hair -- 'How's the hair?' -- I have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Top Chef Fires Up Tonight With SoBe Chef

    Salman Rushdie will be in town to close up the Miami Book Fair, but his ex-wife Padma Lakshmi will be on television across the nation tonight hosting the season premier of "Top Chef: New York." We've already introduced you to constant Jeff McInnis, dubbed "hot chef of our dreams" in a Best of Miami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    DiLido Beach Club's Jeff McInnis Contestant in Upcoming Season of Top Chef

    The Hot Chef of some anonymous New Timer's dreams. Miami has been doing pretty good for itself in the Bravo TV reality show arena lately, with Kendall-ite Dee Adames being crowned Shear Genius. Though we don't have a horse in the Project Runway race this season (which is fine, considering it's the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    "Hot Chef of our Dreams" on Bravo's Top Chef

    The Hot Chef of some anonymous New Timer's dreams. Miami has been doing pretty good for itself in the Bravo TV reality show arena lately, with Kendall-ite Dee Adames being crowned Shear Genius. Though we don't have a horse in the Project Runway race this season (which is fine. worst. season. ever.), ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    Axing the Property Tax

    Potamkins homestead has a market value of $21 million.... Raul Masvidal owes $33,639 in taxes for his four-bedroom residence.

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    March 8, 2007
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    March 8, 2007

    Naked Chef to Headline 2008 Wine & Food Fest

    Hot off the presses, a New Times exclusive: The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival is set to announce that its 2008 honorees will be internationally renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and the buoyant British chef Jamie Oliver. The former will be feted at the Tribute Dinner on Februa ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 11, 2000

    Street Theater

    Praying with the Enemy

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