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Open Kitchen's Chef Says Fresh, Local Ingredients Can Beat the Summer Heat

Any decent chef will tell you a meal is only as good as the ingredients used to create the dish. You can drop serious cash to score exotic elements or you can do what the ladies at Open Kitchen are doing. Instead of running scared from the heat like most of us Miamians, Sandra Stefani and Ines Chattas are facing summer head on, creating tasty dishes and homemade ice creams inspired by the lush, in-season squashes, kale and mangos you're seeing at the market this summer.

We spoke to Chattas who told us that along with a strong understanding of fresh ingredients, their ever changing menu sprouts from free form menu planning, exploration of new locales and cuisines, listening to their customers and drawing ideas from magazines and cookbooks.

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Jen Mangham
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