Bimini Boatyard Hires New Executive Chef Odel Arencibia: New Health-Conscious Menu With "Caribbean Flair"
Bimini Boatyard was a Fort Lauderdale hotspot back in the day, but the beautiful location has faded from the limelight a bit in recent years. Whether it's due to the slew of new restaurants in the area or just a lack of change, it hasn't been on the forefront of Fort Lauderdalian's mind for quite some time.
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Odel Arencibia, Bimini Boatyard's new executive chef is trying to change that. Since coming onboard about two months back he's been revamping the menu, emphasizing high quality, sustainable ingredients prepared with a "Caribbean flair."
Since arriving in the US in 1999, Arencibia has spent time working at Burt & Jacks, Jackson's Steak House, Grille 66, and Capital Grille, where he worked with the owner to change the produce to 100% organic.
A native of Cuba, Arencibia stared his career at an elegant Spanish-owned hotel, Sol Meliã. This experience helped to solidify his technique and flavor preferences.
"Growing up in a poor country, working in a high-end hotel, I could see the discrepancies where things were brought in in boxes to serve a lot of people," he said, "I would go home and prepare a meal and things would taste better."