Top Chef Masters contestant Herb Wilson is executive chef of SoFi's forthcoming Red Ginger

UPDATE: It took a while, but the restaurant is opening, finally, Friday, June 19 2015. 

Former Top Chef Masters contestant Herb Wilson has been appointed Executive Chef of the forthcoming South of Fifth Asian restaurant Red Ginger, slated to open sometime in early Winter. Wilson, who was placed by the new Miami branch of NYC-based the Chef Agency, is the only chef to have earned a two star review from The New York Times on three separate occassions by three different reviewers at three different restaurants. A mouthful, indeed, just like his cuisine at Red Ginger, which he says will be Japanese and Thai-inspired with “an omakase element and binchotan charcoal robata. The menu will also showcase locally sourced items as well as ingredients flown in directly from Japan,” says a rep.

“Miami has been on the top of my wish list and this is the perfect opportunity to make the move and join the Menin Hospitality team,” said Wilson. “I am eager to be a part of this amazing concept and hopefully offer Miami a new and exciting dining experience.”

Wilson, a former Star Jones paramour, has worked with many including the late Chef Patrick Clark, Chef Larry Forgione and in the three-star Michelin rated kitchens of Gerard Pangaud and Le Freres Troisgros. His executive chef experience includes NYC’s Le Refuge, Bambou and Jack’s Fifth and Bull Run Restaurant and at Sushi Samba in Las Vegas.