Transplant Chefs: Julie Frans', of Essensia, San Diego Roots

Miami's become a fledgling gourmet city, and chefs de cuisine from across nation (and world) head to our sunny shores to join our foodie renaissance. Given that we've only recently come into our culinary own, it's no surprise that our restaurants are awash with these eager out-of-towners.

These chefs from various cities and culinary backgrounds bring a fresh diversity of foods, flavors and influence to our collective tables.

One such transplant is Julie Frans, Signature Chef of Essensia Restaurant at The Palms Hotel and Spa. Julie relocated to Miami from the also-sunny shores of San Diego, where she ran a highly successful catering company and chef agency. Her new haunt is known for its hormone-free meats, sustainable ingredients and farm-to-table approach to food.

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