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.
Aaron Brooks, Executive Chef, Four Seasons Hotel Miami
First up in our Chef’s Corner series is Aussie transplant Aaron Brooks, from EDGE, Steak & Bar. In September 2011, Chef Brooks joined the Four Seasons Hotel Miami after spending nine years around Four Seasons kitchens from Vancouver to Boston. At EDGE, Steak & Bar, Chef Brooks showcases a modern take on the traditional steakhouse, helping him to make Brickell Magazine’s 2013 “Top 20 Under 40” list as well as being named one of Miami New Times’ “Top Tastemakers” who have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today.
Other than your own, what’s your favorite restaurant in Miami right now?
Favorite restaurant? Now that’s a tough one cause there are so many. How about last best meal… It was at Hua Huas, a taco spot by the crew at Haven. Todd Erickson does modern takes on tacos and just has fun with it. He is an awesome Chef who loves what he does and it shows in the food.
What are the staple ingredients in your kitchen?
Maldon salt, good extra virgin olive oil and good vinegar…. I also dig my spicy food so I always have a bottle of our EDGE hot sauce in the fridge!
What is your all time favorite dish to cook at home?
I love making Thai food at home and I make a killer green curry from scratch. I have to say it is pretty awesome.
What is your guilty food indulgence?
Tim tams. It’s an Australian cookie, or as we say, ‘biscuit.’
What is your favorite thing about living in Miami?
It’s got to be the weather! Spending many years in Vancouver and Boston I have had my fair share of grey skies, snow and rain. While both are phenomenal cities, let’s just say the weather here works well for me.
Mitch & Mel