Laurent Tourondel

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Andrew Zimmern on SoBe "Horse-Sh*t Restaurants," TV, and Miami's Creative Spirit

    Andrew Zimmern had been sitting all day. On a recent wind-lashed afternoon, while his film crew prepped the outdoor set at Wynwood's Blue Starlite Drive-In, Zimmern sipped a Starbucks Frappuccino and yearned to stretch his legs. Earlier that day, he had taken an airboat ride across the Everglades, ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Sam Gorenstein's Leap of Faith Has Paid Off at My Ceviche

    Sam Gorenstein began with breakfast. As a kid in Barranquilla, Colombia, the chef and owner of My Ceviche would step into the kitchen every weekend morning and cook omelets and frittatas for his entire family. "From the moment I was tall enough to reach the knobs on the stove, I started playing arou ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Miami's Ten Best Restaurants

    Your buddies just don't understand. You had an earth-shattering rossejat at the Bazaar. You loved the place -- that is, until you heard some tragic news. Your pal once had a bad bao con lechón there. Now that guy's never going back. Disgruntled patrons rarely forget a dinner done wrong. Strokes ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    27. Sam Gorenstein of My Ceviche

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up our top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session will be includ ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Chefs

    Chefs love talking about one another. They discuss talent. They obsess over who cooks better, who lacks integrity, who sold out, who travels looking for recipes to replicate. They talk about hype. They chat about expectations. They know what their colleagues are cooking. They have opinions about eve ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    SoBe Wine & Food Fest Tickets Now On Sale For Everyone

    Everyone can rejoice! South Beach Wine & Food Festival tickets are now available for everyone who didn't (or couldn't) get in on the Mastercard privy access. Hooray! We peons are now able to choose from the wide variety of events to take place February 21 - 23, 2013. We here at Short Order realize ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Matthew Oetting of BLT Steak: From NYC to MIA

    See also Julie Frans's San Diego roots.Given our recent strides as a culinary destination, scores of outsider talent has been making its way to our burgeoning backyard. Transplanted from the kitchens of New York City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Paris and elsewhere, talented folk are creating a host o ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Today: BLT Steak Launches Raw Bar Addition

    After less than a month under its new executive chef, New York import Matthew Oetting, BLT Steak will launch a new raw bar at the Betsy Hotel today. It's an edgy addition to the modern American steakhouse.BLT Steak has been through some tough relationships in its recent past. Sam Gorenstein left his ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    BLT Steak: Tolentino is Out, Oetting Takes the Helm

    After we reported that Daniel Ganem has officially replaced Sam Gorenstein as chef de cuisine at The Raleigh, a Short Order reader commented that "Mario Tolentino is not at BLT Steak anymore," (that's embarrassing, thanks for the heads up to whomever "Mike" may be!) Gradually, several of our chef fr ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Diamond Dishes Event is a Home Run (Photos)

    ​The Miami Marlins new ballpark was the venue for what had to have been the most striking (pun intended) event of the 2012 South Beach Wine & Food Festival.The moment guests stepped out of the elevator onto the field level Diamond Club area for cocktails and appetizers, cameras flashed and jaw ... More >>

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    February 24, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Scott Conant, Laurent Tourondel Talk Diamonds and Dishes

    ​The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is taking a detour out of South Beach for one of 2012's most unique dinners. The Diamond Dishes event on Saturday, February 25 allows a lucky few an advance peek at the new state-of-the-art Marlins' ballpark long before the very first pitch.The sold-out even ... More >>

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    October 24, 2011

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets Go On Sale Today

    Laine DossBourdain will be back at the 2012 SBWFF​Tickets for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale today.If you attended last year's event you might recall Anthony Bourdain's Wheel of Death, Paula Deen riding Robert Irvine, or Guy Fieri making pizzas for one thousand of his closest ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Sam Gorenstein Leaving BLT Steak To Join Forces With Michael Schwartz

    Is there more to this story than meats the eye?​Is there a chef-leaving-South-Beach-steakhouse epidemic going on or what? First Ralph Pagano announced that he was leaving STK Miami, then days later we learn that Daniel Ganem is on his way from Kane Steakhouse, and now Sam Gorenstein has informed S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Laurent Tourondel Cures The Big Apple's Hangover at Tabasco's Hangover Headquarters Truck

    Jackie SayetThe Cure? Bottle Shock​There I went at 7 a.m. this morning, to West 48th Street and Sixth Avenue, my pajamas sandwiched between the suits at Tabasco Hangover Headquarters.I, for one, was not hung over, but instead hungry over a complimentary menu of Tabasco-infused breakfast items crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Heavens To Betsy! BLT Partners Split

    Photo by Jacob Katel​Laurent Tourondel and BLT empire business partner Jimmy Haber, have parted ways, two days short of their sixth anniversary of partnership. Haber gets BLT Steak in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, and also BLT Fish, BLT Prime and BLT Burger in New York.Chef Tourondel will ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Interview with Sam Gorenstein of BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel, Part One

    BLT Steak's Sam Gorenstein​It's no surprise that Sam Gorenstein was nominated for a James Beard award. Not only is the young chef a budding talent on Miami's food scene, but his selection was accidentally leaked two weeks prior to the announcement. Nevertheless, the Colombian-born toque is produci ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Deal vs. Deal: $18 Lunch at BLT, $40 Dinner at Setai

    ​BLT Steak, Laurent Tourondel's steakhouse in The Betsy South Beach, has launched a new BLT Express lunch offering: $18, exclusive of tax and gratuity, for any two items from among soups, salads, and half-sandwiches -- served simultaneously to insure speedy service. So you might choose tomato gazp ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 31, 2009
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    August 28, 2009

    Miami Food Scene Is Stalled

    ​ For a while there, when Michy's, Michael's, Fratelli Lyon, North One 10, Pacific Time 2 and Red Light were all newish news, it looked as though Miami was on its way to becoming a cool food town -- the sort with a community of chefs who open restaurants that reflect their vision, and that, t ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    God Bless BLT Steak and Its Four Course Fourth of July Feast

    Brustman Carrino PR This baby's on the menu and on the June 2009 cover of Food & Wine(To the tune of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America")God Bless BLT Steak,Inside The Betsy Hotel.Paying homage, to its patriot.A menu to delight one and all.Four special courses, it's a prix fixe, "Ocean Dr ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Behind the Line: BLT Steak Miami Beach at the Betsy Hotel

    Jacob KatelBLT Steak Miami Beach chef de cuisine Sam Gorenstein, 25, shows Off his meat's marbling. BLT Steak Miami Beach takes Chef Laurent Tourondel's formula for success and applies it to Dade County. Read Lee Klein's New Times review of the joint here and Victoria Pesce Elliot's Miami Herald rev ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 4, 2009

    BLT Steak Bewitches

    SoBe's Betsy Hotel houses a winner.

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    March 19, 2009

    BLT Heaven to Betsy

    After a series of fits and starts that have characterized Miami restaurant openings for as long as there have been Miami restaurants, Chef Laurent Tourondel will finally debut his BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel next Wednesday, March 25th. The original BLT premiered in Manhattan in 2004, its casual tak ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008

    Miami's Dining Scene Goes Big League

    In 2008, our city's gastronomic curve trended sharply upward.