Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Michelle Bernstein’s hit show, “Check Please,” is back for a 5th season.
Company: Michy’s, Sra. Martinez
What Made Her Haute: She began her career as a professional ballerina, but after just one class in nutrition, she tossed her slippers and hit the kitchen where she found her true calling. This Miami native is celebrated for her innovative dishes, which are spiced with her unique brand of Latin flair. Her vibrant personality and divine cuisine put her on the national map and earned her the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef: South, in 2007, for her work at her signature restaurant Michy’s. She is the author of Cuisine a Latina and has co-hosted The Melting Pot on the Food Network. Last year, she opened a second establishment in Miami, Sra. Martinez, where she puts her signature Latin spin on traditional Spanish tapas. The establishment, located in a former post office in the Design District, was named one of the best new restaurants in 2009 by Esquire. She also operates Michelle Bernstein at the Omphoy Ocean Resort in Palm Beach.
What Makes Her Haute Now: This Latin food mogul and innovator is back this year with her South Florida TV hit, “Check Please,” a show in which chefs taste and criticize local eateries. What makes her so successful is not only her knowledge of food and culinary talents, it is her enchanting personality and gorgeous smile. These qualities are what have led her to conquer all areas of the food industry.