Chef’s Corner – Wolfgang Birk

Wolfgang Birk, Executive Chef, Area 31
Wolfgang Birk joined Area 31, a Kimpton restaurant, as executive chef in August 2013. A nationally accredited culinary expert with strong ties to the south Florida community, Birk brings his European training, vast international knowledge of sustainability, finesse with local ingredients and passion for vibrant, healthy cuisine to the kitchen of Area 31.

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#FoodieFriends – Sara Liss

Sara Liss is a Miami-based freelance journalist, who has pretty much done it all. She has worked as a journalist in the Middle East, reporting for the Associated Press Jerusalem Bureau and Time Out Istanbul, she was the co-founder and editor for UrbanDaddy Miami, and she regularly contributes articles related to the Miami dining and design scenes to local and national publications. She has been published in Miami Modern Luxury, 944 Magazine, The Miami Herald, miami.com, Florida Travel + Life, Home Magazine, and About Travel, among others. She’s also the co-founder of the Saffron Supper Club, a roving pop-up dinner club exploring the food and culture of the Middle East.

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Chef’s Corner – Francisco Anton

Francisco Anton, Chef/Owner, Cardón y el Tirano
A native of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, Chef Francisco Anton moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old. After growing up between Louisiana and earning a business degree in Orlando, he decided to follow his passion for cooking and went to live and work in NYC. After stints in Brooklyn and Manhattan, he came into his own under Maximo Tejada who taught him how to merge his flare for Latin cuisine with French technique. After a few years, Chef Anton moved to Miami and, before opening Cardón y el Tirano, worked alongside Michael Shikany at SHIKANY and was also heavily recruited to work with Alex Chang at the Vagabond. Instead of continuing on a path of working for others, however, Chef Anton decided to follow his dreams and open his own restaurant, offering a contemporary take on more traditional menus from all over Latin America.

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Behind the Bar – Daniel Choiseul Paguaga

Daniel Choiseul Paguaga, Co-Founder & Head Roaster, Relentless Roasters

In today’s Behind the Bar, we’re once ahead back behind the coffee bar. We are serious coffee people and love that Miami’s coffee culture continues to grow and thrive beyond the ever-surging prices at Starbucks. Daniel Choiseul Paguaga, co-founder and head roaster at Relentless Roasters is helping to lead that charge and we recently caught up with him for a quick chat about his thoughts on all things coffee, Miami, and coffee in Miami.

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Chef’s Corner – Brian Nasajon

Brian Nasajon, Executive Chef/Owner, Beaker & Gray
A Miami native, Brian Nasajon was born into a family where a love of food and an appreciation of culinary arts were household values. Exposed to global flavors as a young boy, Chef Nasajon’s favorite memories include observing his grandfather’s every move as he expertly grilled asado – a staple of any Uruguayan household.

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Chef’s Corner – Santiago Gomez de la Fuente

Santiago Gomez de la Fuente, Executive Chef, Cantina La Veinte
Cantina La Veinte’s Executive Chef, Santiago Gomez de la Fuente, is a talented young toque who offers a playful, yet sophisticated approach to traditional Mexican cuisine. His dishes reflect his passion for taking the rich offerings of Mexico’s agriculture and transforming them into contemporary masterpieces.

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Chef’s Corner – Cristian Cuevas

Cristian Cuevas, Executive Chef, BTW
As executive chef at BTW (Burger Taco Whiskey), Cristian Cuevas has infused his culinary background and extensive experience as a member of the 50 Eggs family into the menu of classic street food at the South Beach destination. Cristian started out with 50 Eggs as a line cook and then sous chef at Yardbird before helping open Khong River House as chef de cuisine. Prior to taking the helm at BTW, Cristian also served as the chef de cuisine at Swine Southern Table & Bar.

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Chef’s Corner – Michael Shikany

Michael Shikany, CEO, SHIKANY Hospitality
If you’ve missed Chef Michael Shikany as much as we have since his eponymous SHIKANY abruptly closed earlier this year, don’t fret because Miami’s maven of modernist cuisine is coming back soon, in a big way. Although he’s keeping his lips sealed regarding the opening of his next restaurant venture – Algorithm – he’s dropping hints on Instagram and picking up steam on the Miami scene yet again, beginning with next month’s FLIPANY Chefs Up Front event at the Biltmore.

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#FoodieFriends – The Hungry Post

The Hungry Post has been around the blogging block for a while now. Founded by Andrea Becerra, Alejandra Cangas, and Jose “Baby” Loor back in 2011, the blog has since grown into a full-blown network of foodie fun that includes a regular newsletter, special events, and restaurant consulting. In fact, they have been so successful that Andrea is able to dedicate 100% of her time to The Hungry Post. Yes, that’s right, food blogging has become her full-time career! #dreamjob

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