Chef's Council

Chef Michelle Bernstein

Chef/Owner Michy's, Michelle Bernstein at The Omphoy, MB Terrace
Since the pivotal Mango Gang era in the late '80s and early '90s, virtually no other Miami chef has made as big a splash on the national culinary scene as Chef Michelle Bernstein. A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, this passionate culinaire has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. "My food is luxurious but approachable," says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008).

"You don't need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to make a dish work. It's about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners." Right now, diners are loving Bernstein's cuisine at her two successful Miami outposts, Michy's and SRA. Martinez, which she owns and operates with her partner/ husband David Martinez. Sporting distinctly different styles and cuisines, both display the earnestness, passion and dedication that have made Bernstein one of the region’s brightest culinary stars. In addition to an ever-growing restaurant empire – Michelle Bernstein at The Omphoy in Palm Beach county, Florida opened fall 2009 – Bernstein recently launched the Miami chapter of Common Threads, an after-school program dedicated to teaching underprivileged kids ages 8-11 to cook, socialize, and eat healthy.

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