UPDATED: Philippe Ruiz Has Left the Biltmore and Palme d'Or

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Ruiz leaves.
One of Miami's top chefs is leaving one of the town's best restaurants.

The higherups at the Biltmore had no choice but to bid farewell to chef de cuisine Philippe Ruiz -- a Chevalier de l'Ordre Du Mérite Agricole, two-time James Beard nominee for best chef in the South, and arguably one of Miami's top toques -- as he has handed in his resignation. "They were in shock," Ruiz says, "but they understood. We achieved so much together. It was better to leave while everything is going well."

Ruiz has worked for the Biltmore since 1999. In that time, Palme d'Or, the hotel's flagship eatery, earned prestigious awards, including best service, best production design, and best dish, along with numerous other mentions, from Zagat; the 2007 Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine; and two blessings from the Miami Herald, rating the restaurant "exceptional."

New Times in 2007 labeled Ruiz one of Miami's best chefs and designated his Palme d'Or menu as the place we want to order our Best Last Meal on Earth in 2010.

Our restaurant critic Lee Klein wrote in his 2009 review: "There should never be a conversation about Miami's best chefs that does not include Philippe Ruiz, nor one concerning our finest restaurants without mention of Palme d'Or."

It goes without saying he has laid the groundwork for Palme d'Or's future as a leading Miami restaurant, assuming they can fill his shoes.

Thankfully, Ruiz is not going far. Rumor has it he is working with some of the folks involved with Zuma's parent company on a new restaurant concept opening in Miami this summer. A location has not been secured, but a Brickell address is in the running. Until that spot opens, his new employers are sending him around the globe in search of inspiration.

Update 1/6/12: To clarify, Zuma restaurant group is not involved in Ruiz's new restaurant, though one of that restaurant's independent investors, Tunu Puri is.

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Location Info

Palme d'Or

1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant


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His food may be considered "superb" but people the know him would all agree that he as a person is no where near acceptable. He's been known to be a terrible person to work with as well as an alcoholic, barbarian with employees, and a womanizer. As good as his food may be I would never step into a restaurant headed by him based on principles alone. fuck him and all you old geezers dick riding philippe ruiz.

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His food may be considered "superb" but people the know him would all agree that he as a person is no where near acceptable. He's been known to be a terrible person to work with as well as an alcoholic, barbarian with employees, and a womanizer. As good as his food may be I would never step into a restaurant headed by him based on principles alone. fuck him and all you old geezers dick riding philippe ruiz. 

Megs
Megs

Can't believe it.  I just gasped! He's been on our French/American radio program numerous times.  He is one of the best chefs anywhere.  But, I understand. After a while you just want to move on and try something different.

French Radio Show Host: Marguerite Gil

I'm sure we'll be hearing great things from him in the near future.  Thanks Riki for bringing this to our attention.  O.K., now the next question is... who can possibly replace him?

Marguerite
Marguerite

Can't believe it.  I just gasped!  He's been on our French/American radio program numerous times.  He is one of the best chefs anywhere. But...I understand.  After a while you just want to move on and try something different. French radio show host, Marguerite Gil

I'm sure we'll be hearing great things from him in the near future.  Thanks Riki for bringing this to our attention :)  OK,  but now the next question is...who can possibly replace him? 

Lamery
Lamery

Hello useless and stupid ass hole !!!it look like you are better writting idiot things behind your computer that you can do in your life little puto .Hope one day we can find you bitch ...

Moises
Moises

Why are you heating on the man?  Every human being has defects.  If he is a barbarian with his employees, then it is because his field requires it.  As an employee, you can't take things personal when it comes to work.  You should get your facts straight my friend. Additionally, if you are going to talk about someone, at least, have the courage to provide your name..

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