Miami: Local Chefs and Restaurants Ranked Among the Best in the Country

The James Beard Awards are considered among the nation’s most prestigious honors. (James Beard Foundation)

The James Beard Foundation announced on Wednesday, January 25, the list of semifinalists for the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards. Several of the most recognizable names in the culinary culture of Miami were among those selected. Finalists will be announced on March 29 and the awards ceremony will take place on June 5 at the Chicago Lyric Opera.

The award is considered one of the highest honors in the industry. The James Beard Foundation is a national nonprofit culinary arts organization based in the city of NY. She was thus named in honor of James Bearda prolific food writer, teacher, and cookbook author, known as the “Dean of American Cuisine.”

These are the semifinalist chefs, bakers, entrepreneurs, restaurants and bars, and the categories in which they were selected:

Featured Entrepreneur:

Mohamed Ali Alkassar Y Niven PatelAlparene

Mohamed Ali Alkassar and Niven Patel, of Grupo Alpanero, which operates 3 restaurants in South Florida and was nominated for the 2023 James Beard Awards.
The Alpanero Group operates three restaurants in South Florida. (Alpanero Group)

The Alpanero Group It has three restaurants in the south floridatwo in Coral gables (oven Y Mammy) and one in Kendall (Ghee Indian Kitchen).

Where: Orno 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146 – (305) 667-6766; Mamey 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146 – (305) 266-2639; Ghee Indian Kitchen 8965 SW 72nd Pl, Kendall, FL 33156 – (305) 968-1850

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Featured Chef:

michael schwarzMichael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Miami

Chef Michael Schwartz, one of the most visible faces of the Miami culinary industry.
Michael Schwartz is one of the most visible faces in the South Florida culinary industry. (Michael Schwarz)

Since its flagship, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drinkopened for the first time in the Design District from Miami in 2007, Schwartz has become the face of the South Florida restaurant industry and a nationally recognized culinary celebrity.

Where: Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137 – (305) 676-0894

Featured restaurant:


Cookies and tea on a table in Ariete, in Coconut Grove
In 2022, Ariete received a Michelin Star. (Ram)

This restaurant of Coconut Grove It has become one of the most popular in the city for the quality of its cuisine, “shaped by a passion for its Cuban heritage, a devotion to defending Miami’s ingredients and tradition, and a commitment to classic French technique.” . In 2022 he received a Michelin star.

Where: Ariete 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 – (786) 615-3747

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Emerging Chef:

Akino West, Rosie’s, Miami

Akino West is one of the up and coming chefs on the Miami culinary scene.
Akino West is one of the emerging chefs on the Miami culinary scene. (Akino West)

Akino West is a celebrity chef who is revolutionizing the culinary industry in Miami. Akino is currently the co-owner and operator of Rosie’sa full-service restaurant specializing in Southern Los Angeles cuisine. USAlocated in Little River. The establishment, which began as a pop-up, has quickly become a local favorite.

Where: Rosie’s 7127 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33150 – (305) 631-2496

Outstanding Bakery:

Zak the Bakermiami

Facade of Zak the Baker bakery, in Wynwood, Miami.
Zak the Baker in Wynwood operates 24 hours a day. (Zak the Baker)

This bakery and cafe kosher is located in the modern Wynwood and receives diners with a façade splashed with colours. This 24-hour establishment is the brainchild of self-taught baker Zak Sternwho grew up in Miami, then apprenticed on various organic farms in Sweden, France and Israel before returning to his hometown to fulfill his culinary dreams.

Where: Zak the Baker 295 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127 – (786) 294-0876

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Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker:

Manuel and Jesus Brazon, Caracas BakeryDoral

Caraca's Bakery is a Venezuelan bakery in the Doral area of ​​Miami.
Caraca’s Bakery is a family business, run by Manuel and Jesús Brazón, father and son. (Caraca’s Bakery)

The Venezuelans Manuel and Jesus Brazon, father and son, are responsible for this bakery/sweet shop that has captivated Miamians with its French-style baked goods. In this family business, Mrs. Brazón (mother of Jesús) is the expert in cachitos, a typical bread from the gastronomy of Venezuela.

Where: Zak the Baker 295 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127 – (786) 294-0876

Featured Wine & Beverage Program:

Macchialina, Miami Beach

Selection of wines from the Italian restaurant Macchialina, in Miami.
Macchialina, in addition to being one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, has an excellent wine program. (Macchialina)

Under the direction of the sommelier Jacqueline Pirolo, macchialina He has received numerous awards, including being named to the list of Wine Spectator Small but Mighty in 2018, the same year he received a Pineapple Award to the Miami’s Best Sommelier.

Where: Macchialina 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 – (305) 534-2124

Outstanding Bar:

Cafe La Trova, Miami

The Cuban guy Julio Cabrera built the Cafe La Trova of Miami as a tribute to the historic ‘bartender’ bartending style of his native land. Dressed in elegant tuxedos, the bartenders at this establishment in the little havana they perform stunts with their whisks and strainers, tossing drinks into the air, and occasionally pausing to play with the band.

Where: Cafe La Trova 971 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33130 – (786) 615-4379

Best Chef in the South:

Timon Balloo, The Katherine, Fort Lauderdale

Photo of Chef Timon Balloo, of The Katherine restaurant, in Fort Lauderdale.
Timon Balloo’s Chinese and Indian-Trinidadian heritage comes to the fore in his cooking. (Timon Balloo)

Timon Balloo he draws on his wide range of influences and experiences to bring bold, global flavors to every dish he prepares. His multi-ethnic heritage (Chinese, Indian-Trinidadian) and his classical European training, as well as having worked in the most diverse and best kitchens in the city, have led him to become the chef he is today.

Where: 723 E Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 – (754) 216-0690

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Fernando, Nando and Valerie ChangItamae, Miami

Chef Fernando Chang and his children, Nando and Valerie, owners of the ITAMAE restaurant in Miami.
Chef Fernando Chang and his children, also chefs Nando and Valerie. (Photo by Michael Pisarri, courtesy of ITAMAE)

Directed by Chefs Fernando “Papá” Chang and his children Nando and Valerie, Itamae It is a family based business. All three are born and raised in Chiclayo, Peru. Dad immigrated to Miami twenty years ago looking to build a better life for his family and worked his way up in the industry starting as a dishwasher. The establishment offers the best of flavors and traditions nikkei.

Where: Itamae 723 E Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 – (754) 216-0690

Rick Mace, Tropical Smokehouse, West Palm Beach

Barbecue at Tropical Smokehouse, a West Palm Beach restaurant.
Rustic and simple barbecue recipes are the secret of Rick Mace, known as the “King of BBQ”. (Tropical Smokehouse)

known as the BBQ king, Rick Mace offers rustic and simple culinary techniques with refinement and elegance. Its barbecue restaurant highlights the fusion of the Sunshine State with a great mix of local styles.

Where: Tropical Smokehouse 3815 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 – (561) 323-2573

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Pushkar Marathe, stage, Palm Beach Gardens

Chef Pushkar Marathe of Stage restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens.
Chef Pushkar Marathe (second from right) combines the flavors of his childhood with decades of experience in international cuisine. (Stage)

Born in Nagpur, Indiathe culinary roots of Chef Pushkar Marathe they originate from the cultural richness of their homeland, cultivated through the family kitchen. This, together with training in Swiss and decades of experience in various parts of the world, has helped Marathe found a cuisine born of intertwined traditions.

Where: Stage 2000 PGA Boulevard Suite 5502, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408 – (561) 408-3685

lojo washington, Queen of SheebaWest Palm Beach

The Queen of Sheeba Ethiopian restaurant in West Palm Beach.
Queen of Sheeba is one of the few Ethiopian restaurants in South Florida. (Queen of Sheeba)

lojo washingtonborn in Ethiopia, shares the flavors of his childhood with the world. Because Queen of Sheeba is one of the few Ethiopian restaurants in South Florida, its customers come from all over.

Where: Queen of Sheeba 716 N Sapodilla Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 – (561) 514-0615


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