Miami's restaurant scene is sizzling right now, and we have these three Miami chefs to thank.
David Myers PHOTO: COURTESY OF ADRIFT MARE
The Michelin-starred chef, David Myers, has a resume unlike any other. Since creating his first restaurant, Sona, in Los Angeles, he has opened 20 restaurants in nine cities across three continents. Known for his television appearances on Top Chef and Iron Chef America and recognized by the James Beard Foundation, Myers draws inspiration from his extensive travels to create an engaging experience for his guests. Revered for unique flavors and ingredients, this chef is expanding his Miami footprint with ADRIFT Mare (adriftmare.com), a lively spot in the heart of Brickell with a strong focus on design, flavorful food and a world-class cocktail program.
Fernando Salazar COURTESY OF PLATEA MIAMI
Kicking off his culinary career while studying at Le Cordon Bleu, Salazar quickly developed his own unique style and flair. Developing his skill in Miami’s culinary melting pot and working for various high-profile celebrities such as ACDC, Led Zeppelin, and Luis Fonsi, the innovative chef works to create dishes that challenge perception. Drawing from his youth and healthier, down-to-earth lifestyle, Salazar opened his own Peruvian restaurant, Platea Miami (plateamiami.com). Parlaying his background in butchery, the one-of-a-kind steakhouse prepares beautifully marbled meat with authentic Peruvian spices and Salazar’s signature rub.
Tristen Epps BY RICARDO MEJIA (RMSTUDIOCORP)
Tristen Epps, the executive chef at Eden Roc Miami Beach’s Ocean Social (edenrochotelmiami.com/dine/ocean-social/), has made a name for himself in Miami. After appearing on ABC’s The Taste, Epps became fellow chef Marcus Samuelsson’s on and off-screen mentee, later working at his Miami outpost for Red Rooster. While working at the Miami location, Epps led the restaurant to be recognized by the Michelin Guide and named Rising Star Chef by Star Chefs of America. He has also appeared on Food Network’s Chopped and Cooking Channel’s Best Thing I Ever Ate. Ocean Social, showcases his seafood-forward expertise in delivering exceptional coastal cuisine.