Miami's Top Ten Chefs

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David Bracha at his Design District restaurant, Oak Tavern.
8. David Bracha
David Bracha's River Seafood & Oyster Bar in Brickell is not driven by trends. Neither is Bracha's Oak Tavern, the Design District restaurant that opened late last year. Both restaurants proffer farm-centered cuisine -- the former venue with a focus on seafood; the latter with a concentration on house-made charcuterie and wood-oven-roasted meats. For years, Bracha has been a proponent of local food and fresh fare. Because his cooking is consistent, delicious, and homespun, he is considered among the city's best.

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Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, chef of Khong River House in South Beach.
7. Piyarat Potha Arreeratn
Prior to the debut of Khong River House in South Beach, Miami patrons seeking Thai cuisine beyond rich curries and hearty noodles had few options. Piyarat Potha Arreeratn changed that. Under the tutelage of 50 Eggs CEO John Kunkel, Chef Bee (as Arreeratn is known) developed a menu centered on fresh vegetables, piquant flavors, and aromatic herbs. Some dishes were previously hard to find in the Magic City. Now there's a cool spot in town that offers fusion cuisine from Laos, Burma, Vietnam, and Thailand. Chef Bee merits this accolade.

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A Menu developed with vegetables, aromatic herbs, spicy flavors .... That looks delicious, I love exotic food!

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I think I have to try to see if what you publish the article corresponds with such controversial comments. Anyway the controversy always generates ad!


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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