Miami Fast Food Workers: New Website Asks "Are You Robbed on the Job?"

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Low Pay is not OK
Protesters converge on a Miami McDonald's to demand better wages.
Fast food workers across America as getting tired of the vast difference between the salaries of the corporate bigwigs and their meager earnings. The difference, by the way, is astounding.

According to a Nerdwallet report, if broken down into an hourly wage, the CEO of McDonald's would earn $9,247 every 60 seconds. Compare that to the average hourly wage of an employee in his ranks, which is $7.73.

See also: Miami Fast-Food Workers to Protest at Miami McDonald's for Fair Wages

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Miami Fast-Food Workers to Protest at Miami McDonald's for Fair Wages

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Low Pay is not OK
McDonald's workers protest for better wages.
Last week, McDonald's workers in New York, California, and Michigan filed class-action lawsuits against the fast-food giant. They claim Mickey D's "illegally underpaid employees by erasing hours from their time cards, not paying overtime, and ordering them to work off the clock," according to the New York Times.

The combined lawsuits demand that McDonald's, which earned nearly $5.6 billion in profits in 2013, pay back the stolen wages and stop its illegal theft of workers' pay.

See also: The Burger King and Ronald McDonald Rap Battle for Better Pay: Watch Here (Video)

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Burger King and Ronald McDonald vs. Workers in Rap Battle on South Beach

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Low Pay is Not OK
The clown and the king join forces against their own employees.
Tomorrow afternoon, two rivals in the fast food world will get together for one day in a battle that pits greedy corporate giants against the workers of America.

For one day only, Ronald McDonald and Burger King will team up in a rap battle against two of their own employees. At stake: a fair working wage and dignity.

It all goes down near the McDonald's at 400 Lincoln Road in South Beach on Thursday, December 5 at 4 p.m.

No, you're not going slightly nutso here. The rap battle of the fast food giants is Miami Beach's answer to the mass strikes and protests scheduled across the country tomorrow as fast food workers take to the streets to demand a fair wage for the jobs they do. Employees from McDonald's, Miami-based Burger King, and other fast food chains are asking for an increase in their hourly wage to $15 and the right to unionize.

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Kitchen Kreative: Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins (Photos)

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All photos by Carla Torres
Oh my, what a pretty flower.
At the inaugural Kitchen Kreative last night, guests indulged in ten courses and ten cocktails.

Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House took over the kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach. They kicked off the new, local cooking competition.

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Kitchen Kreative Pits Calvo and Rapicavoli Tomorrow

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Kitchen Kreative
Cooking competitions are always fun. They're all about heat, suspense, speed, and mystery ingredients.

Starting tomorrow, you'll be able to get your fix on a regular basis. Kitchen Kreative, a monthly series benefitting Slow Food Miami, launches at 7 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Its first contenders? Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House and Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Bar.

See also: Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins Iron Fork 2013 (Photos)

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Exclusive: Jeff McInnis Responds to Ex-Wife's Allegations of Cheating, Abandonment

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Jeff McInnis making chicken in New York City.
Earlier this week, Miami.com reported that Melissa McInnis, ex-wife of Top Chef alum and former Yardbird top toque Jeff McInnis, had some pretty strong allegations about her ex-husband.

The former Mrs. McInnis, who has a young daughter with the chef, told Miami.com's Lesley Abravanel that, "Jeff abandoned me and his small infant child." Melissa McInnis also said that 50 Eggs' John Kunkel gave her ex a million dollars when they parted ways. "He lied about the money he got from John and emptied our bank account," she said, adding  "I will fight until we get what's rightfully ours. We helped him build his name, his brand, everything, and for him to be this despicable and abandon us, it's absurd. I do not know how he can look himself in the mirror every day."

In addition, Melissa McInnis told Eater Miami that her ex-husband is a "backstabbing buttface."

Back in July, McInnis departed Yardbird, telling Short Order he wanted to "get back to why I fell in love with this industry in the first place."

See also: Jeff McInnis Departs Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

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Chef Bee Responds to 50 Eggs Lawsuit: I Was "Kunkeled"

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John Kunkel at Oishi Thai in an undated photo.
Round two has just started in the match that pits Chef Bee and Oishi Thai against John Kunkel and 50 Eggs.

Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, better known as Chef Bee, has responded to a lawsuit filed against him and his restaurant Oishi Thai on August 27, 2013 by former employer 50 Eggs Restaurant Company LLC. In June, 2012, Chef Bee was hired as executive chef at Khong River House, a restaurant specializing in Thai street food owned by 50 Eggs. About six months after the restaurant opened, Bee abruptly resigned from his position and returned full-time to his family-owned restaurant Oishi Thai in North Miami.

See also: 50 Eggs Sues Chef Bee, Claims He Broke "Out in Hives if He Had to Cook"

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50 Eggs, Chef Bee Twitter War: "Classic Bully Tactics," "Leave Him Bee"

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The Chef Bee 50 Eggs lawsuit ignites a Twitter war.
Last week, a flame was ignited in the Miami restaurant world when 50 Eggs Restaurant Company LLC sued former Khong River House executive chef Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, better known as Chef Bee.

The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on August 27, alleges Chef Bee violated several agreements including a non-compete, and that Bee "did not know how to run a professional kitchen". Bee responded by saying 50 Eggs CEO John Kunkel "broke my trust" and that he cooked for 14 hours a day during his tenure at Khong.

Now, chefs are taking to Twitter to respond to the lawsuit.

See also: 50 Eggs Sues Chef Bee, Claims He Broke "Out in Hives if He Had to Cook"

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50 Eggs Sues Chef Bee, Claims He Broke "Out in Hives if He Had to Cook"

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50 Eggs has sued the former Khong executive chef.
One of South Florida's hottest restaurant companies is suing a prominent former chef, alleging deceit, betrayal, and incompetence. In a steamy lawsuit filed this past Tuesday that reads like an epic novel, 50 Eggs Restaurant Company LLC alleges Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, known to most Miami restaurantgoers as Chef Bee, "would break out in hives if he had to cook" and "did not know how to run a professional kitchen."

See also: Khong's Chef Bee Headed to Oishi Thai

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Cuban Sandwich Contains Salami? Miami Doesn't Think So, Zagat

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The true Cuban sandwich: Hold the salami.
I came across a post on Zagat's website yesterday titled "50 State, 50 Sandwiches" and it sparked some indignation. The Florida sandwich, as declared by Zagat, is the "Cuban," which it describes as "filled with Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and sometimes salami (depending on who you ask)." I got on the horn with several Cubans from the ages of 60- to 80-plus, and my doubts were confirmed -- a true Cuban sandwich should never contain salami.

According to the City of Tampa, it, and not Miami, is the birthplace of the Cuban sandwich. It even went so far as to "officially rename" the sandwich, the "Historic Tampa Cuban Sandwich." Considering the fact that in Tampa the sandwich's ingredients include salami and mayonnaise, Tampa can keep the name. That ain't no Cuban sandwich.

A Cuban sandwich has five basic ingredients nestled between two slices of Cuban bread: ham, roasted pork, swiss cheese, mustard, and pickle. Of course, just like a Whopper, you can have it your way -- no pickles, add mayo, and so forth, but in its purest form, a Cuban sandwich follows the recipe above.

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