He has developed and extended his Gluten Free culinary consultancy responsibilities among two different companies. One located in the Caribbean, on Grand Cayman (Wine Down Gourmet Market - opening next month) and opening on Valentine’s Day, 2012 - Harvest Market and Café in the upwardly classic neighborhood of Belleair Bluffs on Florida’s West Coast. After Chef Michael Bennett three year reshaping of the culinary remnant from the 1990’s - Bimini Boatyard, (BBY) he is now undertaking the development of specialized Gourmet Markets.
Chef Michael Bennett endorses his previous culinary posts - via the Social Media universe with his Gluten-Free cookbook “In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks”. It is the first of three cookbooks that he penned for FoodBrats.com albeit being the distinctly recuperative soul at the resuscitated BBY dinosaur. This past year after releasing his third cookbook, Chef Michael Bennett honed his predominately Caribbean-inspired cookbook’s recipes to be 100 percent Gluten-Free. Chef Michael Bennett’s 180 + page | four color | 125 + Gluten-free recipe cookbook was rewritten with an emphasis on America’s newest dining trend. His healthy Gluten-Free recipes capture the distinct Miami flavor of a multi-national Caribbean cookery heritage, while keeping recipes vigorously vibrant gluten-free taste profile. Powerful photography, exclusive design, one-of-a-kind recipe flow, helpful sidebars and QR (Quick Response) codes blend to create the perfect sampling of what this Gluten-Free Caribbean based cookery style has to offer. The QR codes link you directly to the Internet so your interactive experience is as fun as it is informative.
Michael Bennett, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. to first generation Floridians, has spent most of his adult life in the food and hospitality industry. Michael’s grandfather was the family’s first restaurateur, operating a few South Florida restaurants after emigrating here from Ohio in the 1940’s. He earned critical culinary kudos as the Executive chef for the 26 year, culinary tour d’ force - Left Bank restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Under his auspices he brought Left Bank it’s first ever “Best of” (Zagat Survey), “Four Stars” (AAA) and “Four Diamonds” (Mobil) to their 20 plus year era of three star ratings. He is affiliatted with several culinary and food-related organizations. Chef Michael regularly lectures on South Florida’s “Caribb-ican”
Chef Michael Bennett is considering this somewhat of a homecoming because he started cooking at a seafood restaurant on Florida’s West Coast while still attending college. He then transferred to the Culinary Institute of America to pursue his true professional passion. After leaving the CIA and for the next 11 years, Michael’s life revolved around intense periods of kitchen management followed by months of O.J.T. under the tutelage from Miami’s most important and well-known chefs. During this time he sought out the most exotic and chic dining network to hone his craft.
Chef Michael Bennett is a well-known, award winning (Chef of the Year-1995) Florida chef whose clients are a Who’s Who of Media and Sports personalities. Some of his clientèle comprise celebrities from the entertainment and sport industries including; Wilt Chamberlin, Roger Stubb, Oprah, Jayda and Will Smith, Patrick Stewart, Andy Rooney, Michael Caine, Daryl Hanna, George Hamilton, Walter Cronkie, Morgan Freeman, Elton John, Snopp Dog, Madonna, Trina, Beyonce and others…..
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