Wynwood, Biscayne Corridor supplant South Beach as top food destinations in Miami

StarChefs, a restaurant industry magazine, has announced its 2016 South Florida Rising Star Awards, “honoring up and coming chefs and hospitality professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene.” The magazine sent scouts from the Keys to Jupiter, visiting, they say, over 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers and more. No bathroom attendants though. 
“Wynwood and the Biscayne Corridor have supplanted South Beach as food destinations—even Coral Gables and Downtown have emerging scenes,” said Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of StarChefs. “It’s a sure sign that locals, instead of tourists, are driving restaurant business, and they’re making it possible for young chefs to build successful, community-oriented businesses.”
“There’s no defining cuisine at the top of the market,” said Will Blunt, managing editor of StarChefs. “Whether it’s traditional Vietnamese or high-end and conceptual, the best food in South Florida is personal. It’s not trendy or derivative — and it has attitude.”
The winners will be honored at the StarChefs Rising Stars Gala on Wednesday, April 13 at Marlins Park (!), beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. and followed by a tasting gala from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30.p.m.  
A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Feeding South Florida, a nonprofit food bank that distributes more than 40 million pounds of food per year. More than 98 percent of all donations are put back into the community. Learn more at
The 2016 StarChefs South Florida Rising Stars Award Winners are:
Alex Chang | Vagabond | @VagabondFood 
Featured dish: Sweet Bread Milanese, Country Ham, Swiss Cheese Foam, and Mustard
Jimmy Everett | Valentino Cucina Italiana | @ValentinoCucina 
Featured dish: Cauliflower Panna Cotta, White Chocolate, Caviar, and Micro Chives
Brad Kilgore | Alter | @brad_kilgore 
Featured dish: Blue Crab Shumai, Thai Green Curry, Culantro, Kumquat, and Rice Crisps
Diego Oka | La Mar | @diegooka 
Featured dish: Beet-Potato Causa, King Crab, Huancaina, and Salmon Roe
Niven Patel | Michael’s Genuine | @michaelsgenuine 
Featured dish: Short Rib, Romesco, Hazelnuts, and Roasted Cipollinis
Phuket Thongsodchareondee | Cake Thai Kitchen | @cakethai 
Featured dish: Fried Yellowtail and Choo Chee Curry
Cesar Zapata | The Federal | @CeeRoks 
Featured dish: Banh Can, Ground Pork, Shrimp, Chinese Sausage, Chiles, and Nouc Mam
Hotel Chef
Rick Mace | Cafe Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel | @CafeBouludPB
Featured dish: Assortment of Charcuterie featuring Chicken Liver Mousse
Community Chef
William Crandall | Izzy’s Fish and Oyster | @wrcrandall 
Featured dish: Hot Lobster Roll and Lobster Butter Bernaise
Pastry Chefs 
Sylvain Bortolini | Faena Hotel Miami Beach | @FaenaMiami 
Featured dish: Chambord-Almond Jocund, Raspberry Mousse, and Sablé
Megan Pidgeon | Glazed Donuts  
Featured dish: Key Lime Pie Donut
Rauf Khoffner | Khoffner Brewery| @KhoffnerUSA 
Featured beers: Riot Blood Irish Red Lager and Cream Head Cream Ale
Steve Santana | Taquiza | @SliceDiceCode 
Featured dish: Totopos and Guacamole
Zak Stern | Zak the Baker | @zakthebaker 
Featured bread: Country Sourdough
Brandon Wells  | Wells Coffee Co. | @WellsCoffees
Featured coffee: Brazil Cerrado Mineiro
Gui Jaroschy  | Broken Shaker | @TheBrokenShaker 
Featured drink: Tequila, Mezcal, Shishito Pepper Vinegar, Lime, Morita Chile Syrup, and Cucumber
Christian Rolon | Regent Cocktail Club | @TheRegentCC 
Featured drink: Il Viaggiatore: Fernet Branca, Cognac, Vemouth, Dry Curaçao, Mole Bitters, and Orange Swath
Jeremy Broto-Mur | Cafe Boulud | @CafeBouludPB
Pairings with winners’ dishes
Daniel Toral | 50 Eggs | @GinAndButter 
Pairings with winners’ dishes
José Mendín, Sergio Navarro and Andreas Schreiner | Pubbelly Restaurant Group | @ChefMendin 
Featured dish: Suckling Pig, Fennel-Apple Salad, and Green Apple Purée                                                                                    
Jeff Latulippe | DIRT | @DirtEatClean 
Featured dish: Beet and Goat Cheese Toast
Host Chef
Vince Navarrete | Levy Restaurants | @LevyRestaurants (Marlins Park)
Featured dish: VIP Reception Hors D’oeuvres featuring Northern Divine Caviar