A Miami Chef Timeline (1986-2008)
|Chef Allen helped launch the modern Miami dining scene in 1986|
The following timeline should give an idea of when some of our familiar veteran chefs first came upon the stage -- and when (if) they opened a place of their own.
1986: Allen Susser opens Chef Allen's in Aventura.
1986: Dewey LoSasso gains notice as chef of The Foundlings Club in Miami Beach.
1988: Mark Militello opens Mark's Place in North Miami Beach.
1989: Doug Rodriguez sparks Nuevo Latino cuisine at YUCA in Coral Gables.
1989: Pascal Oudin turns heads as chef of The Colonnade in Coral Gables.
1991: Norman Van Aken comes to Miami at a Mano in the Betsy Ross Hotel on Ocean Drive.
1992: Kerry Simon opens Blue Star at the newly renovated Raleigh Hotel on South Beach.
1993: Jonathan Eismann brings Pacific Time to a still-undeveloped Lincoln Road.
1994: Robbin Haas makes the new Colony Bistro on Ocean Drive the hottest spot in town.
1994: Jan Jorgensen's Two Chefs debuts in South Miami. It is still there.
1994: Cindy Hutson and Delius Shirley open Norman's on the Beach on Lincoln Road, the precursor to Ortanique on the Mile.
1994: Michael Schwartz co-launches Nemo in South Beach.
1994: Kerry Simon opens Max's South Beach with Dennis Max.
1995: Norman Van Aken opens his first establishment, Norman's Restaurant, in Coral Gables.
1995: Kris Wessel is an opening partner in Paninoteca on Lincoln Road.
1997: Michelle Bernstein gets some attention at Red Fish Grill in Matheson Hammock.
1998: Robbin Haas commands Red Square in South Beach.
1999: Philippe Ruiz becomes chef de cuisine at Palme d'Or in the Biltmore Hotel. He is still there.
1999: Kris Wessel opens Liaison on Española Way in South Beach.
1999: Cindy Hutson opens Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables.
2000: Pascal Oudin opens his own Pascal's On Ponce in Coral Gables.
2000: Michelle Bernstein gets lots more attention at Azul in the Mandarin Oriental.
2003: Tim Andriola debuts Timo in Sunny Isles Beach.
2003: Andrea Curto-Randazzo and Frank Randazzo dazzle with Talula on South Beach.
2004: Dewey LoSasso opens North One 10 as a pioneer on the Biscayne Corridor.
2005: Michelle Bernstein opens Michy's as a pioneer of the MiMo neighborhood.
2007: Michael Schwartz opens Michael's Genuine Food & Drink.
2008: Kris Wessel opens Red Light on the Little River in MiMo.
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