South Florida has one of the most vibrant and eclectic culinary scenes in the US. For the second year in a row, JWU North Miami and MIAMI Magazine’s ZEST™ Awards have showcased the culinary leaders who have played a significant role in transforming the region into a culinary destination.
“The ZEST Awards have once again brought together South Florida’s brightest culinary talents,” said Loreen Chant, president of JWU North Miami. “All of the 2013 nominees have played a significant role in transforming South Florida into a culinary destination. By presenting these awards we recognize contributions to the area’s unique culture and thriving culinary industry.”
The event attracted chefs, culinary entrepreneurs and community leaders from across the region, including JWU alums Jeff McInnis (Yardbird), Timon Balloo (Sugarcane), Adrianne Calvo (Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar) and José Mendin (Pubbelly) — as well as rising star chefs like Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House), Piyarat Potha Arreeratn (aka Chef Bee, Khong River House), Dena Marino (MC Kitchen), John and Michael Sullivan (Over the Counter) and Allen Susser (Chef Allen’s Consulting).
Awards were presented by President Chant, Dean of Culinary Education Bruce Ozga, and MIAMI Magazine dining critic Jen Karetnick. Johanna Gomez, host on the DJ Laz Morning Show, was the emcee.
“These awards are a unique way to show our students and the community the excellence we have within our food and beverage community,” said Chant. “We are proud of our winners — here’s to 2014!”