South Florida Chef / Author Michael Bennett

South Florida Chef Whips Up the World’s Foremost

“Caribb-ican” Recipe Book

Chef/Author Michael Bennett cooks up a special Caribbean-style cuisine and NEW COOKBOOK  at Fort Lauderdale’s finest wood-grilled Seafood restaurant.


South Florida, April 1th, 2010 /Books PR News/ — When in Florida you can never run out of Seafood restaurant choices. South Florida has a highly diversified food culture where everybody always boasts of their healthy seafood recipes. Chef Michael Bennett’s current menu represents an elite  melange of our South Floridian cultures. Many current residents that live in South Florida come from Caribbean island nations, namely; Jamaica and the Virgin Islands (which are British), Cuba and Puerto Rico (Spanish), Haiti and Martinique (French). Each of these individual-istic cultures have lend its own culinary flavor to South Florida’s unique dining landscape.

After returning from a four year culinary journey in the Caribbean, chef Michael Bennett utilized these culinary experiences to develop a “Caribb-ican” vibe at his current post as Executive chef.  His post at the very popular Bimini Boatyard in Fort Lauder-dale has been a launching point for his first and second cookboks.

After two years working with this exceedingly visable South Florida cookery conception, chef Michael’s Boatyard menu apprises diners for which Caribbean isle each recipe is dedicated to. People can choose dishes from French, Spanish and British Caribbean island namesakes. An example of this is when chef Michael pairs the familiar Gulf Grouper with an uncommon Santo Dominican twist of mango, plantain and coconut.

When it comes to food, Miami and South Florida lives up to its name as the Magic city – that is everything just seems to work here. Chef Michael explains, “we as chefs never fail to surprise people from different walks of life with our excesses in our tropical seafood cookery. There has been different forms of Caribb-ican cuisine but, this style is the most easygoing and acceptable for a broad spectrum of Americans”.

In his new cookbook, In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks, is a collection of recipes from his current position at this vital local Caribbean favorite. Author Michael Bennett compiles the best-tasting recipes from notable dining spots from around the Caribbean. Chef Michael promises a gastronomical burst of cuisine for food lovers and cooking enthusiasts alike; a salute to the Caribbeans quintessential definition of food as a celebration of life.

About the Author
Michael Bennett is a well-known South Florida chef and his clients are a Whos Who of Media and Sports fame. He earned his culinary kudos working with South Florida top chefs – that propelled his way to Executive chef for the 26 year local culinary superstar- Left Bank restaurant.  LB was a Three Star, Three Diamond stronghold in Fort Lauderdale for decades and Michael brought LB to the Four Star level. He is the founder and member of The Professional Image, inc. publisher to the Culinary Arts. He also holds culinary affiliations with several culinary and food-related organization in the USA and around the world. He regularly lectures on South Florida’s “Caribb-ican” cuisine.

Michael’s PROFESSIONAL Accolades are

30 YEAR CULINARIAN

Cookbook  Author: “In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks” – 2009

Cookbook Author “Underneath a Cloudless Sky” – 2010

JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION CHEF

VOTED “CHEF OF THE YEAR”~1994

VOTED “Best restaurant in the BVI”-2006~Tortola, BVI

VOTED “Best restaurant in the USVI”-2007~St. Croix, USVI

Named “Best new Menu” 2009~Gold Coast Magazine

Named “Top Chef” 2010~Gold Coast Magazine

FOUR DIAMOND RATED BY AAA, BEST FRENCH RESTAUARNAT IN SOUTH FLORIDA~ZAGAT REVIEW

FOOD STYLIST FOR THE NATIONAL CULINARY REVIEW MAGAZINE

THE MIAMI NEW TIMES SAID, “MICHAEL IS A MAJOR MANGO BUFF.”

SOUTH MIAMI TIMES SAID…”MICHAEL RAISES AREA DINERSEXPECTATIONS“.

THE CORAL GABLES GAZETTE SAID, “MR. BENNETT IS VERY CREATIVE WITH HIS RECIPES.”

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS AND VIEWS SAID, “ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE DINING POST IN SOUTH FLORIDA.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES SAID, “IT IS MIAMIS NEWEST HANGOUT

WRITER/PUBLISHER OF LE REPERTOIREVOTED AS “AMERICAS BEST CULINARY NEWSLETTER

ACF CHEF DEMONSTRATION AT THE FLORIDA FOOD SHOW

CULINARY JUDGE FOR “TASTE OF THE TROPICS

VOTED “BEST OF SOUTH FLORIDA”- Miami New Times magazine

NAMED “BEST COOKING LIGHT CHEFby Cooking Light Magazine-1994

NAMED ONE OF SIX BEST CHEFS IN SOUTH FLORIDA-Miami Herald

RECORD HOLDER OF SOUTH FLORIDAS LARGEST ICE CARVING

ADVISORY BOARD ON THE FORT LAUDERDALES SUN-SENTINEL NEWSPAPERS FOOD SECTION

A “Caribb-ican” chef’s life is what Michael promotes in both of his books. Chef Michael’s first book “In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks” and his latest book “Underneath a Cloudless Sky both feature this “Caribb-ican” recipe styling. Both a being published with The Professional Image, inc.

We have a free PREVIEW of the book at:

http://www.freado.com/book/5448/In-the-Land-of-Misfits-Pirates-and-Cooks

About The Professional Image, inc.
The Professional Image was founded in 1991 and, as a budding Chef/Author services provider for chefs and soon to be authors, has helped to publish food-related articles, and books on a regional and national basis. The Professional Image is based in South Florida with outposts throughout the Caribbean. TPI provides chef/authors with direct and personal access to quick, quality orientated publication in trade paperback, custom leather-bound, and full-color formats.

For more information, please visit http://www.foodbrats.com, or

E-mail: info@foodbrats.com or call at 1-305-851-3441, to receive a free publishing estimate.


food, cooking, tropical, Caribbean cookery, Caribb-ican, Michael Bennett

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