First Bites

The Island Bistro: Now Helmed by Michelin Star Chef Steven Rojas

Page 2 of 2

As the Island Bistro's Director of Operations, Rojas overlooks the restaurant's kitchen, marketing, branding, and more.

"It's a completely different experience for me," he says. "I've been in the kitchen for the past 15 years. Once a plate went out, that was it for me. Now I'm responsible for everything. It's definitely challenging but exciting."

See also: Georges in Midtown: Michelin Star Chef Steven Rojas Takes the Helm

Rojas is also focusing on his new menu: "From now until the end of the year we'll be trying things out. I want this to be a traditional French restaurant, but not pretentious -- just good, simple food that people want to eat in a place where they feel like home."

In his steak tartar, Rojas combines minced filet mignon, capers, pickles, shallots, and an egg yolk in its shell ($20).

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.