Miami Chefs Create Their Own Culinary Scene

Miami Chefs Create Their Own Culinary Scene
  • Miami Star chefs come together to discuss the culture of South Beach culinary scene

  • Foodies love these Miami Beach restaurants for their unique cuisine

The greatest minds in culinary, all at one table: What would you ask? On this episode of Foodable’s At The Chef’s Table, Miami’s chef community unites in their desire not to follow in the footsteps of New York or Los Angeles but to grow their own culinary culture. Along with focusing on their own passions, these Miami chefs also emphasize the importance of evolving with their community.

Grown, Shannon Allen’s healthy fast food concept is just one of those striving to solve the problems today’s health-conscious consumer is facing. “I think if you’re not going towards farm to table, if you’re not sourcing local ingredients, you're going to answer to a customer that’s very smart, has dealt with health problems, has food allergies, is very aware of what they are putting in their mouth and that it affects not only how they feel but also their lifespan,” she explains.

Grab a seat at the table with host Paul Barron and Miami star chefs Giorgio Rapicavoli, Diego Oka, Paula DaSilva, Cesar Zapata, and Shannon Allen.

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Chef Diego Oka Makes his NYC Restaurant Debut

Chef Diego Oka Makes his NYC Restaurant Debut

The beloved Miami chef Diego Oka is making a move to New York City!  But don’t worry Miamians– it’s only temporary!

Oka will be showing off his culinary mastery at pop-up event at the Restaurant Asiate from October 2 to 6. Chef Oka has dazzled diners at the restaurant La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, but for five days he will be bringing Peruvian flavors to Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. 

During the first week of October, Oka’s cuisine will be presented through a four-course lunch and a six-course dinner.

So what will Oka be serving up to lucky NYC diners?

Some of the dishes on the pop-up menu include the Arroz la Mar, which is wok-prepared aji panca, aji amarillo, scallops and jumbo shrimp topped with criolla sauce and huancaina; the Cebiche Elegante, which is fluke, lobster, sea urchin in a spicy leche de tigre, choclo, cancha and sweet potato; and the Chica Morada Sorbet, which is Peruvian purple corn infused with cinnamon and cloves, served with Pisco. 

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Miami Chefs Do What the F**K They Want

Video Produced by Denise Toledo

Miami is a city with its own flair. On this first episode of "Chef's Alliance Round Table", Paul Barron talks to some of Miami’s best chefs who are making names for themselves without trying to be like anybody else.

Giorgio Rapicavoli said it best, “I don’t think anybody in Miami really cares about being on that level. I mean honestly, I don’t want to be New York. I don’t want to be San Francisco. We are Miami. We made this city, the city made us. And I think a lot of what we do has to do with making the city better.”

Paula DaSilva adds, “Whether or not we ever reach the level of New York or San Francisco, what does it matter? ...I think we're there.”

Many of these chefs have been grinding in Miami for years, building their businesses within the constraints of the growing city. These great chefs came together around the South Beach Wine and Food Festival to discuss some of the trends we’re seeing today.

Shannon Allen, creator of the organic fast-food drive-thru Grown said, “I think if you're not going farm to table, if you’re not sourcing local ingredients, you’re going to have to answer the questions of a customer [who's] very smart, has dealt with health problems, has food allergies, is very aware of what they're putting in their mouth...”

Foodable’s Chef's Alliance is your guide to the top 1,000 chefs around the country. Ranked by a 300-point system, Foodable Labs uses engagement, sentiment, and influence as metrics.

Want to see how the industry’s favorite chefs and artisans scored? Dive into the Chef's Alliance and the Top 100 Social Chefs here.

And keep an eye out for the full version of this Chefs Alliance Roundtable on Vimeo in the next few days!