Food All-Stars

2. Myles Chefetz: The King of South Beach

New Times' Best of Miami 2014 issue is here. To celebrate, Short Order is paying tribute to Miami's culinary all-stars. These people forged our city's food scene into what it is today -- a thriving amalgam of tastes and cultures. Through their insight and talent, they've given the city a unique flavor and paved the way for bright new chefs and restaurateurs to follow their lead and take the Miami food scene into the future.

Myles Chefetz is a prisoner of his own success. Throughout the day, his cell phone buzzes with friends and acquaintances begging for a seat inside his celebrity-powered steakhouse Prime One Twelve. He never turns anyone down, but knows they'll have to wait at least an hour for a seat.

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He describes himself as an "overpaid reservationist," and goes back and forth between pride and modesty when discussing his own triumph. Prime One Twelve has been the nation's top grossing steakhouse for at least a decade, earning upwards of $23 million annually. When Prime Italian across the street opened in 2008, it was laid out in such a way that each diner would be afforded a glimpse of the million-dollar fleet of cars lining up outside its sister steakhouse.

Lest we forget, however, that Chefetz's success stems from a gamble taken decades ago when South Beach's glitz was just beginning to twinkle and the island across the bridge was still a haven for retirees and drug dealers. There he partnered with current culinary powerhouse Michael Schwartz to open Nemo. The Asian-influenced seafood restaurant redefined Miami's food scene and was a mainstay for 15 years before it shuttered in 2011.

Chefetz describes himself as a perfectionist, nearly to a fault. He bounces between his hotel and three restaurants -- including the recently opened Prime Fish -- nightly, ordering and tasting dozens of items off each restaurant's sprawling menu

He's rebuffed offers to open Prime outposts in New York and Las Vegas, saying that he won't open a restaurant someplace where he can't be a fixture throughout the week.

Tasty Tidbit

Chefetz attended law school at the University of Miami before moving to New York City to become a real estate lawyer. After a few years, he got into the nightclub and restaurant industry, and later a vacation to Miami Beach turned it into a full time gig.

In His Own Words

"I always worry this is going to be gone tomorrow."

Miami Food All-Stars

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24. Mark Soyka

23. Jason Starkman

22. Lorena Garcia

21. Barton G.

20. Mike Hampton

19. Chef Creole

18. Jeremiah Bullfrog

17. Cindy Hutson

16. Jack Homes

15. Shareef Malnik

14. Bruce Ozga

13. Robert Is Here

12. Julio Cabrera

11. The Garcia Family

10. Norman Van Aken

9. Lee Schrager

8. Bacardi

7. Allen Susser

6. Stephen Sawitz

5. Felipe Valls

4. Douglas Rodriguez

3. Michelle Bernstein

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