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Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun.  “My food isn’t heavy handed or unnecessarily complicated,” says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008). 

These days, Bernstein is busier than ever. Bernstein and her husband/business partner David Martinez) own/operate MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company, a full-service catering company as well as her wildly popular café concept, Crumb on Parchment and most recently Sweet Liberty along with John Lermayer and Dan Binkiewicz, of which won the much touted Tales of the Cocktail Award for best new American cocktail bar.

Beyond her restaurants, Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads, an after-school program for underprivileged kids, and regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America. Bernstein also hosts the Emmy award-winning PBS weekly television series, Check, Please! South Florida and a weekly TV series on Channel 10, SoFlo Taste, that celebrates the food of South Florida. 

Most recently, Bernstein partnered with American Express to create the menu for the new Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport. Bernstein is a Lexus Culinary Master, and a member of Macy’s Culinary Council. Recently, Bernstein partnered with Memorial Cancer Institute (MCI), a part of Memorial Healthcare System, to provide oncology patients with a variety of food alternatives.

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What is your ultimate comfort food?Fried ChickenIf you weren't a chef, what would you be?Therapist using dance as therapyWhat three things are always in your pantry?Extra virgin oil from Spain Breadcrumbs Maldon seasaltIf you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?Jaques Pepin