Chef’s Corner – Carlos Navarez

Carlos Navarez, Head Chef, Imperia
Chef Carlos Navarez has been named the head chef at the newly launched Imperia Miami. The restaurant hosts a hybrid concept that caters to the hustle and bustle of Downtown Miami during business hours, but also offers the coveted nightlife experience that Miami is so famously known for. He was trained at the culinary program at Monroe College in Bronx, NY in 2004, and after a few years of culinary experience, Chef Navarez landed the lead Grill Chef at Peter Luger Steakhouse, which was acclaimed by Food Network at one point “Americas Best Steakhouse.”  Other notable gigs for Chef Navrez include Lead Cook at David Burke & Donatella and Sous Chef at one of the top 5 grossing restaurants in America by Zagat, Blue Water Grill.

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Chef’s Corner – Nina Compton

Nina Compton, Chef de Cuisine, Scarpetta
A native of St. Lucia, Chef Nina Compton has trained in French, Caribbean and Italian kitchens (and she’s also a  fellow Sandals alumna). She has worked under renowned Chef Daniel Boulud and now lives in Miami where she is the Chef de Cuisine for acclaimed chef Scott Conant at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach. A self-proclaimed “gnocchi queen,” Nina always keeps Maldon salt, good olive oil, lemon, calabrese chilies, and either pancetta or guanciale on hand. Nina strongly believes one should enjoy the moment whenever they are cooking, a belief that was recently put into practice during her time on Bravo’s hit cooking competition show, Top Chef. Nina did Miami extremely proud, coming in as the first runner up as well as being named the show’s “Fan Favorite.”

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Chef’s Corner – David Sears

David Sears, Executive Chef, Sushi Samba Coral Gables
A while back, we shared with you guys the amazing experience we had at Sushi Samba Coral Gables. With a glowing review, we decided to further explore the magic behind the kitchen and have a Q & A with Chef David Sears, who’s leading all culinary efforts at the new Coral Gables hotspot. Sears may be the new head honcho in charge, but he’s no newbie to the culinary world. He’s an established chef who’s led the team at Temple Orange at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach as Chef de Cuisine and was crowned winner of the reality TV chef series, Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell on the Food Network; all this among a series of other well-deserved accolades under his belt.

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Chef’s Corner – Aaron Brooks

Here at MMTM we don’t claim to be culinary experts. We love food, we love our city and we love to explore the best of both so we can share our impressions along to you, our readers. That said, sometimes it’s nice to get an insider’s opinion so we’ve enlisted some of Miami’s most talented and successful chefs to help us out. Twice monthly, we’ll be bringing you different chef interviews to provide a closer look inside the minds, and kitchens, of Miami’s best and brightest.

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