Bimini Boatyard Hires Jason Shipman As New Executive Chef

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Chef Jason Shipman takes over for the departing Michael Bennett.
Bimini Boatyard, long a Fort Lauderdale favorite waterfront restaurant, has hired Jason Shipman to replace chef-turned-author Michael Bennett.

Shipman is a Johnson and Wales grad who got his break in 2002 in the Cheesecake Factory/Grand Luxe Cafe empire. He climbed quickly in the restaurant chain, and in two years, he became the head of kitchen operations and revenue growth, according to a Bimini Boatyard owner Steve Hudson.

"He had the corporate training at Cheesecake Factory that we were looking for and then he has the creative side as well," Hudson said.

Diners won't see any immediate change. Hudson said Shipman will go through the menu  to remove less-popular items. Old favorites -- like the Diane salad and Bimini bread, one of our 100 Favorite Dishes -- will remain. "We're going to give him some latitude to change some items, but the core will be the same," Hudson said.

After the Cheesecake Factory, Shipman worked as director of commissary operations at the Chalet Group and then as executive chef at Brimstone Woodfire Grill in Pembroke Pines.

Bimini Boatyard opened in 1989 off 17th Street. It became a favorite first among the nearby Rio Vista neighborhood and then brought in a tourist crowd. It closed briefly in 2009 for a major renovation, and Hudson says he more plans for the space, including a remake of the outside bar.

For now, Hudson says they'll focus on what Shipman can bring to the restaurant. Shipman plans to roll out some of his own recipes as specials in January.

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Bimini Boatyard

1555 SE 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Author Michael Bennett
Author Michael Bennett

Congrats.I'd like to thank the Hudson's - Witt and Steve, for the opportunity to develop and shape Bimini into one of the best places in South Florida. Thanks for believin' in the Caribb-ican way is the best!

I will miss it there.I'll be thinkin' of you guys while I am over here on the west coast.mb.

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