Kiko Suarez —
Host, Que Riko con Kiko
Roberto “Kiko” Suarez is the host of Que Riko con Kiko, an in-depth look of delicious food to enjoy. The segment airs every Friday on Telemundo 51’s 5AM, 6AM, and 11PM hours, as well as on NBC 6 every Tuesday at 11:30AM. A larger-than-life Cuban teddy bear, Kiko brings everything “riko” (i.e. good, delicious, and fun) to your TV, featuring hot restaurants, menu items, chef interviews, and pure awesomeness. He also also produces the Emmy-nominated A la Carta with Mariana Rodriguez, which highlights some of the best restaurants and cuisine in South Florida.
In celebration of National Burger Month this month, Kiko has always partnered up with the folks at Pinch Kitchen to develop his own burger collab. Kiko’s burger will be available all week this week (through Sunday) for lunch and brunch alongside the classic Pinch Burger.
Dorothee Rubin —
Les Dames d’Escoffier, Miami Chapter
A passionate international entrepreneur, Dorothee Rubin enjoys the success and challenges of diverse businesses. Throughout her career she was worked as a developer/builder, farmer, USDA food producer, art dealer, culinary historian, culinary arts instructor, and as an enthusiastic volunteer in multiple charities. In addition to all that, she splits her time between Miami and Paris (along with her husband), was a childhood friend of Julia Child (!!!), and now serves as President of the Miami Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international, invitational service organization comprised of professional women in food, beverage, farming, and hospitality whose goals are education, advocacy and philanthropy.
The Miami chapter’s dynamic membership includes bakers, caterers, chefs, consultants, cooking teachers, farmers, food stylists, home economists, journalists, publicists, restaurateurs, retailers, specialty purveyors, and winemakers. This Sunday, they will be hosting their 9th Annual Tropical Brunch at Pinecrest Gardens featuring a stellar lineup of Dames caterers, chefs, hospitality teachers, farmers, and restaurants owners. Tickets are still available and cost $50 per adult and $25 for young adults, ages 10-16 years old. Children under 10 are free.
Before you enjoy Sunday’s brunch, learn a little bit more about Dorothee below…
Zia Yusuf is the co-founder and co-CEO of Velocity, the leading premier digital hospitality service providing users with direct access to a curated selection of the world’s best dining experiences. Originally established in London in 2014, the mobile app is now dually headquartered in New York and has expanded to several other cities in the U.S. including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.
Prior to Velocity, Yusuf was an executive director at Goldman Sachs. His experience as a valuable member of the equities department provided him with the skills to identify key ingredients that make successful business and how to enhance their bottom lines.
Yusuf currently spends his time in between London and New York. We recently caught up with him to learn a little more about Velocity and why he set his sights on the Miami market.
You might remember our first Miami Tastmaker post a few weeks ago, featuring Kush owner, Matt Kuscher. The series aims to highlight the culinary forces in Miami. The behind-the-scenes stars who operationally make your favorite dining adventures happen.
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.