Gabe Fenton, Executive chef of Bourbon Steak
Why he’s in the Food 50: Gabe Fenton is the quiet leader of a steakhouse that’s truly a complete restaurant, from consistently excellent food and stellar service to a dazzling wine list. A veteran of chef-restaurateur Michael Mina’s fine-dining kitchens, Fenton makes his boss proud with pitch-perfect executions of Bourbon’s steaks and signature dishes. But Fenton gets to flex his creative culinary muscles in nightly specials and during dining promotions. If you don’t go try his cooking sooner, make a point to go during Miami Spice this summer. You can tell when chefs phone in their discounted Spice menus — the ones that offer pasta primavera and grilled chicken breast — and when they work their tails off to win over new customers. Fenton’s of the work-hard school; his Spice menus (like his nightly specials) are always tops.
Salt allowance: Fenton has more than 30 finishing salts that he used for various dishes at Bourbon Steak.
Where to find him: Bourbon Steak, 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura.