My South Florida: Chef Juan Chipoco

Courtesy Juan Chipoco

(Courtesy Juan Chipoco)

Originally hailing from Peru, the chef and his business partner opened Ceviche 105, a popular spot for diners itching for authentic food from South America, in 2009. The duo first opened a small Cuban joint before going full throttle for their dream to bring Ceviche 105 to Miami.


It wasn’t easy getting to where you are today. Tell me about some of the struggles of opening a new restaurant.

Every day I’m grateful for everything that took place to obtain the results that now give me so much satisfaction, and I’m able to share it with our customers, employees, family and friends. If I have the opportunity to do it all over again, I would not change a thing! That’s just life: if you want something, you have to fight for it. And once you get it, you have to protect it.

What’s your earliest culinary memory?

My grandma teaching me how to cook and giving me kitchen secrets than I currently use.

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4 Fun Miami Dining Spots

Miami is filled with foodies galore and their appetite for new spots to get indulge in delicious food is never ending. Check out these four restaurants that just hit the culinary scene.

Earls Kitchen + Bar

Opening this spring at the Dadeland Mall, the family-owned Canadian restaurant group is coming to Miami and they’re all about freshness. In its menu of global and seasonal bites, dishes will be powered by the best sustainable ingredients and products. With an open kitchen plan, guests will be able to watch staff cook up their CAB steaks, Cambodian prawns, spicy tuna sushi cones, Los Cabos chicken tacos, and New England lobster rolls. For accompanying drinks, bartenders will only use fresh-squeezed juices and handmade syrups for refreshing libations that’ll taste like it came straight out of nature. 7535 N. Kendall Drive, Miami, 305.667.1786,

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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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Blessed Bird: Miami’s Top 5 High-End Thanksgiving Dinners

Bianca at the Delano Hotel (

Bianca at the Delano Hotel (

We have a proposal. It’s called Thanksgiving 2.0.

Take all the Turkey Day foods you love but sub out all the cooking, cleaning, and even the family drama/questions that turn into interrogations/awkward after-dinner silences.

Make reservations now to grab your friends, kick back with a drink or two, and enjoy one of these top 5 swank Thanksgiving feasts.


Urban Legends

Courtesy of BARU Urbano

Courtesy of BARU Urbano

Neon glow paint, animal-headed dudes in suits, freaky gargoyles, and a parodied Statue of Liberty holding a pineapple torch?

Nope, it’s not the twilight zone you’re in — and it’s definitely not Mansion.

It’s BARU Urbano, a funky art gallery/sleek bar & restaurant slated to open the first week of November inside the old Ricochet lounge.

Read more at Rundown on Miami online.