John Critchley

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    October 7, 2011

    Timon Balloo and Carlos Torres On Upcoming Chef vs. Chef Match

    ​The 4th Annual Iron Fork event takes place Thursday, October 20th, from 7 to 10 pm at Ice Palace Film Studios in Downtown Miami (make sure to bring earmuffs -- I've heard it said that ice palaces can be cold). Lots of restaurants will be participating -- too many to list here, but a few highlight ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Area 31 Chef Change: Critchley Out, E. Michael Reidt In

    Chef Reidt is coming back to townAnd that's the news in a nutshell -- or shall we say bombshell? Executive chef John Critchley had established himself as one of the city's culinary stars, but the Boston native has decided to return to the Northeast to be closer to family. He'll remain in the Kimpton ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    World Festival Miami: Valet Hell

    John Zur​It seemed troubling yesterday morning when only 140 of the $125 tickets for World Festival Miami at the Palms had sold. But a crowd of at least 300 showed and was greeted by bright-eyed, smiling kids who benefit from Common Threads, a nonprofit that educates mostly low-income ch ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Iron Fork 2010: Jose Luis Flores Takes the Pan; Short Order Award Winners Announced

    Paula NiñoChef Jose Luis Flores​View photos from Iron Fork 2010 at Grand Central here.De Rodriguez Cuba's Jose Luis Flores won the 2010 Iron Fork title last night in a battle against defending champ John Critchley of Area 31. The chefs were given 45 minutes to prepare one appetizer and one entree ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    World Festival Miami at The Palms: Tickets Now on Sale

    Courtesy of thepalmshotel.comExecutive Chef Frank Jeannetti​On November 1 at 7:30 p.m., The Palms Hotel & Spa and executive chef Frank Jeannetti will host the 1st Annual World Festival Miami. Thirteen local and celebrity chefs, including Michelle Bernstein, John Critchley, Samuel Gorenstein, D ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Iron Fork Tonight

    ​Everybody is getting excited about tonight's Miami New Times Iron Fork event, to be held at Grand Central downtown. There will be great food and drink, all sorts of chefs and food industry personalities milling about, lively music, general festiveness, and - possibly the highlight of the evening ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Get Iron Fork Tickets for $20, Today Only

    ​Iron Fork is less than a week away, and we have a sweet deal for those who've been slacking on getting their tickets.Until midnight today, Short Order readers can buy general admission tickets for $20 (that means you save $15 off the regular price). Before we give you the details on how to buy, h ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010
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    October 11, 2010

    Michelle Bernstein, Jeff McInnis, and Kris Wessel to Cook for Common Threads Benefit

    Courtesy of Mimi Chacin/Common ThreadsMaking sushi​Common Threads co-founder Art Smith will chair the first Miami benefit for the organization. It's a lineup worthy of an All-Star team if cooking had a midsummer classic.  Check the line-up: Michelle Bernstein, Jeff McInnis (Gigi), Sam Gorenst ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Merrick House Slow Food Pie Picnic in Pictures

    Trina Sargalski​It was pie heaven at the Merrick House in Coral Gables this Saturday. About two dozen pies were submitted for the contest at the Slow Food Pie Picnic.Hedy Goldsmith, pastry chef at Michael's Genuine, was the Chief Justice of Pie. The other judges were: Ariana Kumpis (Ariana's Etiqu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Michael Bloise, Gonzalo Rivera, Michelle Bernstein Share Hurricane Food Wish Lists

    Photo by Jacob KatelGonzalo Rivera, executive chef at La Marea at The Tides.​If Miami had the rotten luck to get hit with a major storm and power was knocked out, what would chefs want in their hurricane pantries? From Michael Bloise, chef/owner of [soon open] American Noodle Bar:Fish sauce. It's ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    The Weekly Wrap Up: The Food Arts

    'Old Dirty Dawg' by chef Jeremiah at gastropod Miami​This week we profiled two muralists, one whose art graces the walls of two local restaurants, the other a guy who just knows where to get good eats. We also previewed an arts festival jam packed with good food and a pop-up cocktail lounge to que ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Cooking with Pictures: Chef John Critchley's Miami Spice Yellowtail Snapper, Part 2

    David SamayoaChef John Critchley of Area 31​Chef John Critchley showed guests at Whole Foods Coral Gables how to prepare some of the dishes from Area 31's Miami Spice menu recently. In an earlier post, Short Order presented Chef Critchley's watermelon salad recipe, along with step-by-step photos. ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Chef John Critchley's Miami Spice Watermelon Salad, Part One

    David Samayoa​Last night at Whole Foods Coral Gables, Chef John Critchley broke down some of the dishes from Area 31's Miami Spice menu. Of course, he added that deft touch that only decades of practice can bring. However, the recipes are relatively simple for the home cook to replicate.Critchley ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    All New: Jimmy'z Kitchen, Pizza Fusion, Segafredo, & Critchley Cooking Demo

    Pizza Fusion tosses its pie into the South Beach ring​Mo' Mofongo Jimmy'z Kitchen, the little, lovable, Latino hole-in-the-wall on South Beach, has the signs up for a second location coming to the ground floor of the Cynergi Miami Condos at N. Miami Avenue and 27th Street in Wynwood. You can check ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    New Times Iron Fork Returns October 21 at Grand Central

    ​The first  two years were sell-outs. This year, Iron Fork will be bigger and better. New Times' massive culinary event returns for a third time, taking over the downtown event space/nightclub Grand Central on October 21. Last year's winner John Critchley (Area 31) will fight to hold onto his ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Area 31 Hosts Ice Cream Social for Charity

    D Sharon Pruitt via Wikimedia Commons​Ice cream socials mostly invoke thoughts of church gatherings and neighborhood get-togethers, but not when you're eating your ice cream overlooking Biscayne Bay at Area 31. The restaurant will celebrate National Ice Cream Month by hosting Scoops for Success to ... 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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    May 25, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Oysters at Area 31

    Jackie Sayet​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    May 10, 2010

    Area 31's Menu Unaffected by Gulf Oil Spill... For Now

    Area 31 not yet feeling the effects of the oil spill.​Wondering whether that ungodly oil slick off the coast of Louisiana is going to spoil your next seafood feast at Area 31 Restaurant, located on the 16th floor of the Epic Hotel. Well rest assured, BP's big mess shouldn't stop you from enjoying ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Photo Preview of Area 31 SBWFF Wine Dinner

    Photo by Lee KleinSeared Yellowtail with salsa verde and caramelized chestnuts​Area 31, which has quickly established itself as one of Miami's best seafood restaurants, will be hosting a Fish Wine dinner on Thursday, February 25 during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Execu ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Area 31 Wine Dinner at SBWFF, or Boat Ride and Lunch With Chef Critchley

    31's seafood bolognese​Area 31 is back serving its fresh, sustainable seafood and will present a dinner called Fish Wine, hosted by executive chef John Critchley and master sommelier Emily Wines, Thursday, February 25 -- South Beach Wine & Food Festival week. The event begins with compliment ... More >>

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    November 23, 2009

    Area 31 Chef John Critchley Gives Dolphins Money To Live, In Pictures

    Yes, this post is full of Dolphin pictures, but first:Chef John Critchley has made a strong impact on the local dining scene since joining up with Kimpton Hotel Group to head up all food operations at The Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. Area 31 was recently named an Esquire Magazine Best New Restaura ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Area 31's John Critchley Gets The 10...

    Chef John Critchley​Executive chef John Critchley of Area 31 at Epic seems to be a man of few words--as is evidenced by his interview below--but perhaps that's because his focus is more on action, nowadays. As a matter of fact, on November 20, he'll present a donation check to the Marine Mamm ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Newcomers and Some Oldies Shine at Iron Fork 2009: Critchley Victorious, Whisk and Others Raise the Bar

    Jackie Sayet​The Presidente flowed as Chef John Critchley laid the culinary smackdown on Giancarla Bodoni for the 2009 Iron Fork title. Critchley is on a winning streak, with his seafood-celebrating Area 31 having been recently named one of Esquire magazine's best new restaurants this year.Our foc ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Area 31 Makes Esquire Best of 2009

    adam larkeywas mariani bowled over by this bolognese?​Area 31, in the Epic Hotel downtown, has been named as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2009 in the November issue of Esquire magazine. When food and travel critic John Mariani dined at Area 31 this summer, he asked executive chef John Critch ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Critchley, Bodini Finalists for New Times' Iron Fork in October

    Executive chef and Iron Fork finalist John Critchley of Area 31.​Last night, New Times held the pre-chef challenge for its Iron Fork event at La Cuisine Gourmet in Coral Gables. Four chefs competed: executive chef Maria Manso of the Blue Door at the Delano, executive chef John Critchley of Area 31 ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    New Prix-Fixe At Area 31, and Valet Prices Drop: China Grill $6, Fontainebleau $0

    Starting August 1st, China Grill's new Summer menu will include half-orders of the existing sharing plates. As the press release explains, "The new pricing is ideal for single diners and smaller parties who can now enjoy the same China Grill Experience they've come to expect over the past 14 yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Weekend Blog Watch: The Miami Food Twittersphere I hate birds. Here are some active Twitter account addresses from local food-web-heads, bloggers, chefs, and citizens. Leave a comment if you know of any more that should be added.Chef Norman Van Aken - @normanvanakenMaria A., Yelp manager - @mari7305ER Gagit - @ergagitMango & ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Area 31 Restaurant -- Behind the Line -- Kitchen Pictures

    Area 31 Restaurant & Lounge (recently praised by award-winning food critic Lee Klein) on the 16th floor of Downtown Miami's sexy Epic Hotel specializes in seafood fare from Fishing Area 31, which encompasses marine waters off the Florida coast, Central America, and parts of South America. The re ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Miami's New Restaurant Mantra: 2-for-1 Booze

    If our local restaurants can't succeed in giving us great value for our food, the next best thing is to give us great value for our drinks. This way we can get drunk and forget how much we're paying for dinner. And so in this spirit of cut-rate spirits, we present the following quartet of deals for ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 19, 2009

    Cast Your Line with Downtown Miami's Area 31

    You're sure to snag something great.

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    December 15, 2008

    Epic Opening Tonight

    Area 31 makes its' debut tonight on the 16th floor of Brickell Avenue's Epic Hotel. Executive chef is John Critchley, who trained under Boston's renowned chef Ken Oringer (Clio) and was known to make a mean morcilla at his own Beantown tapas bar. The sommelier is Emily Wines (from San Franciscos's F ... More >>