Ten Best Chefs in Broward County
Broward County is known for many things: beautiful beaches, spring break, giant yachts, the largest per-capita gay community in the country, an inability to vote properly, the most hated woman on the internet in Taylor Chapman -- well, a couple of months ago, at least -- the nice Prancercise lady, ass-kicking bouncers on the beach -- not in a good way -- the list goes on and on.
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What you may have noticed is that a world-renowned culinary scene is not on the register.
Personally, we just think the rest of the world doesn't know what it's missing; we may have no recent James Beard nominees, but we have plenty of all-star and celebrity chefs. We think these talented men and women deserve some credit.
From spots on Hell's Kitchen, Jimmy Kimmel, and Martha Stewart Living Radio to cooking in Michelin rates spots to just blowing our minds with amazing food, we have some damned good talent in these parts - if you're not taking advantage, you need to get the heck out of the house and check these people out.
In honor of the Broward County's kitchen greats, we bring to you the ten best chefs in Broward County.
10. Steve Martorano - Cafe Martorano
Cook, DJ, celebrity, author, New Times Tastemaker, and just overall restaurant personality, Steve Martorano is one of Broward's most highly recognized chefs. You don't get that level of praise or recognition by being average. Twenty years ago, the cook -- he hates the term chef -- set up shop in a rundown strip-mall not far from Fort Lauderdale beach, and he's been blowing us away ever since with his old-school Italian food. Martorano has expanded over the years, adding locations in the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood and Vegas; however, he hasn't lost that classic Italian-American touch. From his awesome eggplant stack to his classic lasagna, this is Italian food like your Nonna used to make, but better -- sorry, G-ma.
9. Mike Hampton and Christy Samoy - Hot & Soul
They say, "Two heads are better than one." In the case of this mom-and-pop couple, we completely agree with whoever 'they' are. Separately, each one can cook up a storm; however, we're glad these two found each-other in more ways than one. Together the pair create fully homemade international fare with soul. From Italian "Gnaughty Gnocchi" with oxtail, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, and pecorino to Pilipino Chicken Adobo with soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, and jasmine rice to Cajun "Gumbo Yumbo," a combination of ham hock, andouille sausage, and chicken gumbo served with scallion rice, you can feel the love. Isn't that all you need?
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