Eric Ripert

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    SOBEWFF: The Top Ten Unforgettable Moments From the Festival

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is over for another year and, celebrity chefs from the Northeast are flying home for another Polar Vortex even as the giant party tents are being broken down. All that's left of the weekend is a slight hangover, a few goodie bags, and memories. Here are our top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: SOBEWFF, Eats and Beats, and Brunch for a Better World

    The world culinary spotlight is trained on Miami this weekend as the South Beach Wine and Food Festival takes over most of our city. With dozens of celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Rachael Ray, Eric Ripert, Geoffrey Zakarian, and April Bloomfield cooking for us and posing for countless picture ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    From Burger Bash to the Q, the High-Profile Events at SOBEWFF

    In its 13th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is bigger than ever. Even the most fit fan will likely get exhausted just reading the roster of 70 seminars, parties, and dinners -- up from last year's 50 or so offerings. How does one choose from the extended list of parties hosted by luminar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    SOBEWFF Tickets Now on Sale: What's Available, What's Already Sold Out

    The city's annual hedonism heyday (well, one of many) is just a few short months away. We're referring, of course, to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. From February 20th through 23rd, 2014, this annual event will invade our sunny shores with more food, drink, and celebrity chef debauchery th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Andrew Carmellini Talks Fried Chicken and SoBeWFF

    Miami should give thanks to Andrew Carmellini for two things: the Dutch and Chicken Coupe. As the Dutch nears its two-year mark at the illustrious W South Beach, Carmellini is gearing up for an anniversary filled with fried chicken and champagne. Chicken Coupe, part of the South Beach Wine & Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival MasterCard Presale Starts Today: Five Tickets You Must Get Now

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's MasterCard presale starts today, Monday, October 7 and runs through October 20. This is the absolute best way to snag tickets to the hot events that sell out way, way, before the actual festival, which is actually 135 days from now. To purchase tickets, have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    This Saturday: Treme Writer and New Orleans Foodie Lolis Eric Elie Book Signing at Books & Books

    New Orleans journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie will be making an appearance at Books & Books in Coral Gables to sign copies of this new volume: Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans. The book signing starts at 7 p.m. With recipes such as chef Janette ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Porcao Farm to Grill Opening in Mary Brickell Village

    Porçao Farm to Grill, a steak house serving clean meats, local produce, and sustainable seafood, is coming to Mary Brickell Village in the early fall. The restaurant, which features premium meats dry-aged in house, an extensive wine cellar, molecular cocktails, and two adjacent lounges, will open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Anthony Bourdain on Geraldo Rivera Topless Rant

    Anthony Bourdain is at it again. The celebrity chef and author is on yet another Twitter rant. and the object of his scorn is none other than Geraldo Rivera. First, a few weeks ago, Bourdain tweeted a completely justified message about Justin Bieber's pissing in a restaurant bucket instead of walki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Anthony Bourdain's Crazy Cayman Tweets: "Clearly We Are Fucked"

    At first maybe we thought Anthony Bourdain hired a new publicist....or got stronger meds because we haven't heard much "bad boy" stuff coming from the author/television host/chef.Instead of the usual snark, bile, and teeth, the new year brought a new Bourdain complete with live-tweeting an episode o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Crumb on Parchment MB Closes, OTC, Eating House to Open, Bourdain Gets a Chocolate Bar

    It's Friday and we know you're counting down the hours until you can head out for happy hour, but there's a lot happening in the food world that we want to share with you. We figure we'll break all this intel into bite-sized pieces, easily digestible for the start of the weekend:

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Superstorm Sandy Chefs: Tweets From The Front Line of the Storm

    We've all been watching the shocking reports from New York that show the damage that Superstorm Sandy did to the the northeast. Many of us have been up all night, glued to the television and thinking of friends and family riding out the storm.ABC News is reporting that over seven million people have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    SoBeWFF: The Festival Beyond Famous Faces

    ​You might not recognize them yet, but their names should already be on your radar. These chefs are in the kitchen every day, building the culinary foundation for future success. They bring a newfound creativity to comfort foods that we traditionally consider less than great cuisine. Meatballs, sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Eric Ripert: Miami Airport Stinks, But Try La Carreta ... and Other Recommendations

    ​While it's safe to say that every Miamian has a different opinion about what to love about our fair city -- the amazing weather, pristine beaches, exciting nightlife, fine dining -- we will probably agree on one thing: Miami International Airport sucks. Plan on spending an extra few hours on the ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2012
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    January 25, 2012

    The Villa by Barton G.: Dining for the 1%

    ​The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans take home 24 percent of all national income, own 40 percent of the country's total wealth, and are most likely to be seen dining in any restaurant where Jeff O'Neill is the chef.O'Neill, who cut his chops in the masterful New York City kitchens of Daniel Boul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Thanksgiving Turkey Tips and Helplines (Video)

    ​Thanksgiving is a time when families gather around the dinner table for a fabulous, decadent meal of perfectly made golden brown turkey with all the trimmings. The only problem is that unless you're Martha Stewart, you probably won't get it right.Questions run through our minds like how do I th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Five Best Restaurants on South Beach

    The Royal at the Raleigh: like a wonderland for grownups.There are so many restaurants in South Beach that we love, it was really hard to choose one for Best of Miami 2011. But what to do? Well, there could only be one winner, Pubbelly, but we have so many more favorites. With that in mind, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Interview With Chef Josh Becker of the DiLido Beach Club, Part 1

    Chef Josh Becker working beachside at the DiLido.​At 28 years old, chef Josh Becker is riding high. He's behind the burner at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach's DiLido Beach Club, where he serves meals in a gorgeous beachside setting, and his cuisine is being featured in Lufthans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Ortanique in Grand Cayman, Ducasse in Puerto Rico

    File under "So Near And Yet So Far"...Ortanique opened in Grand Cayman last week, joining Michael's Genuine Food & Drink as well as Eric Ripert's Blue (in the Ritz-Carlton). Executive chef is Sara Mair, a Caribbean native best known as a contestant on Top Chef: Miami, but who was also chef ... 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

    August 27, 2010

    The Villa By Barton G Plucks Chef O'Neill From Gibraltar

    Chef Jeff O'Neill with a new backdrop​Gibraltar's loss is The Villa's gain: Chef Jeff O'Neill has been selected as the new executive chef of Barton G's elegant restaurant in Casa Casuarina. O'Neill opened Gibraltar last January, and earned raves for his Mediterranean fare there. His background inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Making Concessions, Episode 11

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoTiffany and Ed hit it out of the park this week.​Last night on Top Chef, we were treated to an opening sequence of frontrunner Ed donning a hideous yellow housedress as the roommates laughed. Actually, Ed was wearing Tiffany's dress. Hmmm. How did that happen?In anot ... 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 5, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Foreign Affairs, Episode 8

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoMarcus Samuelson and Padma Lakshmi​Can we just skip this middling episode and embrace the fabulousness that is Restaurant Wars next week? The preview looks like the drama-filled, make-it-or-break it moments Top Chef is celebrated for. So excited.In the meantime, with ... More >>

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    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 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    SBWFF 2010: Sunday Afternoon at the Grand Tasting Village; Bourdain, Ripert Face-Off

    We spent Sunday afternoon at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village, walking around the massive tents around 13th and Ocean tasting mostly liquor. It's no secret that this event has become less about the bites and more about the booze -- well, and the celebrity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Interview: Philippe Chow Gets the 10

    Philippe Chow​The battle of the Chows didn't start in Miami Beach, but when Mr. Chow and Philippe by Philippe Chow opened mere footsteps away from each other, down came the machetes. Both gents may share the same last name (and, it seems, some similar recipes--more on this later), but so there's n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Looking to Attend the SoBe Wine & Food Fest? You Still Can

    ​Food Network personalities, high-profile chefs, and food fans from all over the world will descend over Miami next week for the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival from February 25 to 28. You locals should consider yourself lucky: In years past, you'd be hard pressed to find a ticket to any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Looking to Attend the SoBe Wine & Food Fest? You Still Can

    ​Food Network personalities, high-profile chefs, and food fans from all over the world will descend over Miami next week for the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival from February 25 to 28. You locals should consider yourself lucky: In years past, you'd be hard pressed to find a ticket to any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Weekly Wrap Up: The Friday Carnita

    Jacob KatelThe entire menu at Carnitas Estilo Michoacan.​It worked in L.A. with Mexican/Korean food, so when's somebody down here gonna open a Caribbean Taco Shop. We're talkin' jerk pork with pickled cabbage and sweet plantain. Or, how 'bout fried goat chunks, and Honduran farm cheese. Here's wha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Cayman Cookout Chef Interview: Host Eric Ripert Shares How to Eat Local On-Island, Proves Chivalry is not Dead

    If you have your pointer finger on the pulse of the global food community and its star chefs, you would know this past weekend was the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman's second annual Cayman Cookout.  We're speaking of the island rendezvous of illustrious professional cooks including Jose Andrés, Da ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 7, 2010
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    November 16, 2009

    Eric Ripert, Jacques Pepin Talk Abusive Chefs, Favorite Foods and the State of Fine Dining at Arsht Celebrity Chef Series

    Photo by Juan MoninoOn stage at the Arsht Center: Jacques Pepin, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.Jacques Pepin showed Eric Ripert a thing or two in a friendly cook-off at the Arsht Center Celebrity Chef series Friday night. With nine minutes to go on the 30-minute clock, Pepin, who found time to ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Around Town this Weekend

    Samantha Ronson Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Go to to find your mate and then go to the Antique Jewelry show to pick up the old, borrowed, and blue. Pauly Shore can't help it if he reminds you of the '90s. Take your time machine (the metrorail) to his a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009
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    November 10, 2009

    Ingrid Hoffmann Gets the 10 Questions

    Ingrid Hoffman​Now here's a chef who knows the meaning of caliente. For those of you who may not recognize this hometown girl (which rock have you been living under, huh?), she's the host of Food Network's Simply Delicioso, as well as Galavision/Univision's hit series, Delicioso, and she's authore ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Jacques Pépin Gets The 10...Questions, That Is....

    Jacques Pépin​Did you know Emmy-winner, author, and celebrated French chef Jacques Pépin will be here in our very own city November 13 to take on Mr. Michelin 3-star Eric Ripert in a cook-off? Damn, it's going to get really hot in the Arsht Center that night, especially since our favorite kitche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    South Beach Wine & Food Fest Preview

    ​Tickets for the 2010 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale this coming Monday, October 26, 2009. The Festival is scheduled for February 25 to 28, and unlike past years there will not be a second block of tickets sold in early 2010. So Monday is, like, the day to buy. A comp ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 1, 2009

    Arts & Eats Guide 2009

    A year-round feast of food and culture in the Magic City.

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    May 28, 2009

    The Scoop On Norman's 180

    Norman Takes A 180 TurnIt was just over a month ago that I started to pester Norman Van Aken with emails. Like everyone else, I had heard he was returning to Coral Gables with Norman's 180 in the Colonnade Hotel (180 Aragon Avenue) and asked whether he would share some of the back story to the new p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    An Interview With Ted Allen

    C. StilesNectar Lounge at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek was host to the Christmas-ey dessert party, Sweet Dreams, this weekend. The event featured a huge spread of sugary cakes, candies, flash-frozen ice cream, and dessert sushi, which you can check out by viewing our slide show. But it also fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    South Beach Food & Wine Festival, Tickets On Sale October 27

    We know that the South Beach Food & Wine Festival isn't until next year -- February 19 thru 22 to be exact -- but tickets for the event go quicker than cake at fat camp. So be aware that tickets for all the Food & Wine events goes on sale October 27, and yes, we suggest you purchase tickets then if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 24, 2005
  • Dining

    March 20, 2003

    The No Show Chef

    What fun would a festival be if top international chefs like Gordon Ramsay behaved themselves?