Watch Jon Favreau's Chef Trailer

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Chef is rolling into Miami.
Jon Favreau's new movie, Chef, will be released on May 9 and we can't wait. Basically, if we could custom make a film, this would be it.

The movie, which features a cast including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, and John Leguizamo, is the story of a chef who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant (owned by a crotchety Dustin Hoffman) to start a food truck named El Jefe Cubanos (Sorry about the grammar, but hey they are gringos)-- in Miami!

See also: Chef Opens SXSW Film Festival; Look at the El Jefe Cubano Food Truck

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Divine Delicacies Makes Chris Bosh's B-Day Cakes, Gets TV Show

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Chris Bosh celebrates a big-top birthday.
When celebrities have parties, they don't call Publix for a sheet cake. A-list bashes call for cakes with gold and bling, often in the shape of their favorite cars, animals, or private islands.

So who gets the call to make these elaborate desserts for Miami's elite? It's usually the mother-daughter team at Divine Delicacies. Laura Candeau and her mom, Iliana Lombardero, run the company and have created cakes for Miami Heat players, Kim Kardashian, and Pitbull, to name a few.

See also: LeBron, Lil Wayne, Dwyane, and Pitbull Get Cakes at Divine Delicacies

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Clarissa Dickson Wright of Two Fat Ladies Dies

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Clarissa Dickson (in sidecar) and Jennifer Paterson of Two Fat Ladies.
Clarissa Dickson Wright, the television chef who, with Jennifer Paterson, rose to worldwide fame as one of television's Two Fat Ladies, has died at the age of 66.

According to the Telegraph, Dickson died this past Saturday at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary after being ill since the beginning of the year.

Long before Anthony Bourdain traveled the world in search of a meal and Paula Deen televised her love affair with butter, Dickson Wright and Paterson roamed the United Kingdom on a Triumph motorcycle, with Paterson driving and Dickson Wright riding shotgun in a sidecar.

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Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad on Today Show With Hoda and Kathie Lee

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Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad heads to the Big Apple.
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford can have a snack to go with their multiple glasses of morning Chardonnay when Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad makes an appearance on the Today Show Tuesday, March 25.

Ahmad will be on the show's special March Madness episode, appearing in the fourth (and tipsiest) hour of the show, somewhere between 10 and 11 a.m., cooking a special Pincho Factory burger that the home audience will have chosen by vote.

See also: Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers

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Chef Opens SXSW Film Festival; Look at the El Jefe Cubano Food Truck

Chef Jon Favreau is rolling to SXSW.
By now you've surely heard about Chef, the movie that follows the life of chef Carl Casper (portrayed by Jon Favreau), who quits his job at a tony Los Angeles restaurant to find love and redemption as a food truck owner in Miami.

Playing his ex-wife is Sofia Vergara, who teams up with him for his Miami food truck (named El Jefe Cubanos), along with his buddy (John Leguizamo) and son.

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Andrew Zimmern's Appetite for Life: DIY (Make a Crab Trap)

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Andrew Zimmern builds a crab trap. You can, too.
You may recall that Andrew Zimmern, food maven, professional eater, and award-winning writer and television host was in Miami in early January to film several Miami restaurateurs and chefs for his web series, Appetite for Life: DIY Kitchen.

The Miami episodes are up and Zimmern can be seen all around town, eating gator at Mojo on the Go, roasting his own brew at Panther Coffee, planting an indoor herb garden at Semilla Eatery & Bar, canning jelly at PepperJelly Co., baking a pie with Fireman Derek, and crabbing with Luis Garcia from Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market.

The site also has great recipes and (naturally), DIY tips, including how to make a crab trap, courtesy of Luis Garcia from Garcia's Seafood. The trap, made from basic supplies found around the house and at the local hardware store, The project should take a few hours and the result works (check with your local city rules to see where and when it's OK to catch crabs).

Here's how to do it, courtesy of Andrew Zimmern and Luis Garcia:

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Watch Sakaya Kitchen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Tonight

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The mayor and the ninja of Flavortown. Together again.
When Guy Fieri visited Miami to film Sakaya Kitchen for his Food Network sensation Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, we were sure he'd have a great time. What we didn't know was how much he'd fall for Richard Hales' cuisine -- and the chef's sweet ride.

Fieri wound up dubbing Hales the "Ninja of Flavortown" (one of our favorite nicknames ever) before he left Miami with hours of footage -- and a 1964 Cadillac (after purchasing Hales' classic car). Hales was even invited to Fieri's birthday party in California (because every mayor needs his ninja to share special celebrations).

See also: Guy Fieri Visits Sakaya Kitchen, Dubs Richard Hales the "Ninja of Flavortown"

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Nina Compton on Life After Top Chef

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Nina Compton: The gnocci queen dishes about Top Chef.
If you're a fan of Top Chef (or of Miami's Nina Compton), you probably watched a bit smugly for Padma Lakshmi's pronouncement of the winner of this season, only to be in complete shock and denial when Nicholas Elmi was declared victorious.

No doubt, all of Miami (and Saint Lucia) had thoughts of packing their knives and stabbing the gorgeous Lakshmi -- until Bravo's Andy Cohen made everything better a half-hour later on his late-night talker by declaring that Nina Compton won the title of fan favorite.

Now that the craziness has subsided and Compton is back in the Scarpetta kitchen, we chatted with her about how she felt when the decision came down, winning fan favorite, and what's next for the talented chef.

See also: Nina Compton, Top Toque

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Food Network Filming New Show in Miami

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Palate Party's Robyn Almodovar on the set of Food Network's new mystery show.
It's all so hush, hush and top secret that we can't share the name, but a new Food Network show about food trucks is filming in Miami tomorrow and next week -- and they're looking for people to be on camera.

The competition-type show is looking for people to act as audience, with some people having the opportunity for camera time.

See also: Best Food Truck 2013 - Palate Party

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Top Chef: Nicholas Elmi Wins, Nina Compton Is Fan Favorite

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From the beginning of competition during this season of Top Chef, Nina Compton had been the one to beat.

Strong from the start, Compton wowed the judges with bold flavors derived from her Caribbean roots, formal training, and tenure in the kitchen at Miami Beach's Scarpetta.

Now, after a long season, judges Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons, and Padma Lakshmi were heatedly debating who would claim the title and $100,000 prize. At 1 a.m., the judges were still at it after contestants Nicholas Elmi and Nina Compton's kitchen prowess proved to be pretty much even after the final challenge, in which each chef had to prepare a four-course dinner.

Earlier that evening, the cheftestants had their own challenges and victories.

See also: Scarpetta's Nina Compton Advances to Top Chef Finals

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