Miami's Top Ten Chefs
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.
Chef Kevin Cory at his omakase-style restaurant Naoe.
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.
10. Michael Pirolo
via Aventura Magazine Michael Pirolo makes delectable fresh pasta at Macchialina.
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.
9. Jeffrey Chen
Momi Ramen via Facebook Interior of Brickell's Momi Ramen.
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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