Miami Tastemaker – Danielle Chang

Danielle Chang, Founder, LUCKYRICE
Danielle is an award-winning media entrepreneur. Prior to launching LUCKYRICE in 2010, she was CEO of Vivienne Tam, a fashion company. She was previously the founder and publisher of Simplycity Magazine and Simplycity.com as well as the U.S. head for Assouline, a French creative advertising agency. A graduate of Columbia University with a BA in Art History and a MA in Critical Theory, Danielle has also worked for Goldman Sachs, The New York Times and as a Professor of Contemporary Art History. Born in Taiwan, Danielle created LUCKYRICE to share her life-long affinity for Asian cuisine and lifestyle.

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Miami Tastemaker – Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks, Owner/Creator, Taylor’s Ultimate Gourmet Sauces
Taylor Hicks was born and raised in Miami amongst a family of wonderful, talented cooks that is truly representative of our city’s gastronomic melting pot. His paternal grandfather, an Idaho native with a palate for Italian food, married a Peruvian woman of English descent. His grandmother created her own cookbook, and starting in college, his father begin to use it as his culinary inspiration. The book was recently published and handed down to Taylor. Taylor’s maternal grandparents were from Georgia and North Carolina and were excellent cooks specializing in Southern dishes. His grandfather also loved preparing Italian food, and perfected many dishes while visiting Italy. Inspired by how these different influences of cooking has brought his family together, Taylor created Taylor’s Ultimate Gourmet Sauces, a line of sauces and salad dressings that blend the Southern cooking of his mother’s family with his father’s Peruvian influence.

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Miami Tastemaker – Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez, Chef/Owner, LOBA
This week in our Miami Tastemaker series we highlight a restaurateur who’s the mastermind behind the recently opened (last Friday!) MiMo restaurant, LOBA. Jessica Sanchez is the 28 year old who has single-handedly made this restaurant a reality. From designing the logo and menu, to physically ordering décor and hiring the staff in conjunction with the FIU school of Hospitality, Jessica has done it all.

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Miami Tastemaker – Matt Kuscher

We’re starting a new series this week on #MMTM that parallels our Chef’s Corner series. Aptly named Miami Tastemaker, this series will showcase the people in Miami who are sometimes behind-the-scenes but have equal culinary force as some of the more renowned chefs in our town. As Miami continues to experience a rising and promising food scene, these people are the drive behind some of our city’s most innovative food concepts.

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