My South Florida: Top Chef Michelle Bernstein

Michelle Bernstein, 43, fell so in love with cooking at the tender age of 4 that it eventually became a career. She cooked professionally at age 20 and by 27 was a professional chef. The Miami native and James Beard winner is known for infusing Latin flavors into her dishes. She owns Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment.

Where is your favorite place to eat out in Miami?

It’s hard to pick one! I guess what I get most excited about is La Camaronera for fried shrimp and yellow rice.

What would you say is the proudest moment in your culinary career?

Winning the James Beard award in 2008. I guess it was finally a pat on the back that I got from the industry telling me that all that hard work was acknowledged and respected.

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