The 6 Best Chefs To Leave Miami
Kerry Simon: Miami's star chef in the early to mid-nineties when he helmed Starfish, then Max's, and finally his own Mercury. Found even bigger success in New York and Vegas.
Gary Robbins: Original chef at Wish Restaurant. Became a renowned chef in New York.
Robbin Haas: Had a hand in some of Miami's biggest restaurants, including The Colony, Bang, Baleen, Red Square, and Chispa, then moved to Guatemala where he opened Nokiate restaurant. Still keeps a home in Miami.
Klime Kovaceski: Chef/owner of mid-Beach's long-running and acclaimed Crystal Cafe. Is currently corporate executive chef at the recently opened Mez Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Johnny Vinczencz: The old Caribbean Cowboy earned his rep with his first eponymous restaurant in the Hotel Astor, then a few years later tried again with less success. Still going strong at his Las Olas location in Ft. Lauderdale, and has just debuted Smith and Jones.
Norman Van Aken: He helped put South Florida cuisine on the map, but now you have to go to Orlando to try it.
Am I forgetting anyone?