Miami's Top Ten Chefs
8. David Bracha
billwisserphoto.com David Bracha at his Design District restaurant, Oak Tavern.
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.
7. Piyarat Potha Arreeratn
50 Eggs Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, chef of Khong River House in South Beach.
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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