Miami's Top Ten Chefs

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Chef Kevin Cory at his omakase-style restaurant Naoe.
Chefs love talking about one another. They discuss talent. They obsess over who cooks better, who lacks integrity, who sold out, who travels looking for recipes to replicate. They talk about hype. They chat about expectations. They know what their colleagues are cooking. They have opinions about every chef-driven restaurant in town.

What follows is a list of the top ten chefs in Miami. Some are innovators; others are traditionalists. Some have been around for a while. One or two popped up within the past few years. Regardless of tenure, age, sex, or cuisine, this group features the people shaping our city's epicurean vista.

In a city where chefs are consistently competing, tattling, and judging, this is a ranking of the very best.

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Michael Pirolo makes delectable fresh pasta at Macchialina.
10. Michael Pirolo
Michael Pirolo is a man who knows good pasta. The Jackson Heights-born chef worked at Scott Conant's Scarpetta in New York and Miami Beach before opening Macchialina alongside the Pubbelly boys. Now, at the popular Alton Road restaurant, Pirolo prepares some of the best pasta in town: cavatelli with meatballs, porchetta, and pecorino cheese; decadent short-rib lasagne with Taleggio; spaghetti alle vongole with littleneck clams and arugula. Pirolo's pasta-making skills are unrivaled in the Magic City. That's why he makes the cut as one of our leading chefs.

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Interior of Brickell's Momi Ramen.
9. Jeffrey Chen
Jeffrey Chen, the owner and chef of Brickell's Momi Ramen, opened his eatery in December 2012 and, in a matter of months, has achieved a reputation for serving the best ramen in town. But Chen declines interview requests. He refuses to be photographed. What is known about the chef is this: He makes excellent ramen. With Momi, the Magic City has finally joined the nation's noodle craze.

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I started thinking some more about this and well, there are some other names that really should have made it.  Giorgio Rapicavoli, whoever the person that cooks at Pubbelly, the guy from Sugar Cane.....  I think I can go on.  The one thing the list did get 100 % right is Kevin Cory.  Hands down.


Danny Serfer, from Blue Collar should have made the list in lieu of 2-3 of the names on here.


@Manny None of these places are anywhere I would spend money for overpriced food that my mom makes better than any of them. At the end of the day here, pasta specialists & ramen experts ? That's boiling water and setting a timer kind of stuff ? The rest of it is sauce that covers everything else ? In that case there might be a few food trucks that serve a comparable meal that satisfies for taste & appetite.

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