Chef Dewey LoSasso is a New Jersey native who humbly started his culinary career making pizzas as a child in his family’s home pizza kitchen. A graduate of the Culinary Institue of America, LoSasso came to South Florida in the 1980s and was a founding member of the era’s Mango Gang, a group of bold young chefs who were credited with putting the fresh, tropical-influenced cuisine of South Florida on the culinary map.
He began at the exclusive Foundlings Club under the tutelage of philanthropist and art collector Micky Wolfson, with whome the young chef traveled extensively throughout the world on a culinary tour. After his return, LoSasso found his calling for creative, cutting-edge cuisine with global influences and ingredients – which he dubbed as “Florida Progressive” – gaining him recognition and several awards.
After a job as Donatella Versace’s personal chef and food event coordinator, LoSasso worked as executive and concept chef for Tuscan Steak in Miami before expanding in New York. He eventually made his return to Miami and beat out 171 other applicants to earn the esteemed position as executive chef of Miami’s legendary Forge Restaurant.
Where were you born ?
How long in Miami:
Executive Chef at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar.
Timo (of course, after The Forge)
Best Ethnic Food:
Clarke's ….yes… Irish ethnic.
Escopazzo Organic Italian Restaurant
Best place for late night dining:
Forge Souffle (Nothing to do with me - Noel at the Forge has been making it for over 25 years.)
Best place for a romantic date:
Le Tub in Dania Beach. The perfect test.. similar to the “car door/lock test" in the movie “A Bronx Tale.”
Best Sunday brunch:
Michael's Genuine or my wife and two daughters at home with bagels and berries…maybe a water gun fight.
Tobacco Road …the real deal.
Best place for a power business meeting:
The Forge Wine Cellar, the ultimate in privacy.
All-around favorite spot in Miami:
The Miami beaches, the farms in the Redland area, and being so close to the Florida Keys (and the coral reef system). Farm, sea, and air …all in one!
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
C. Madeleine's. Great vintage.
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Tim Quick Jewelry Design. Very nice custom jewelry.
The Standard Spa at the Standard Hotel.
Favorite Charity Event:
SOS Taste of the Nation and the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Miami Book Fair - amazing speakers; Mitchell Kaplan has really done a fantastic job.
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
David Silva Fitness
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Well, one extreme to another… Society Cabs and Global Air Group Helicopter Services.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
3:00 am, Halloween Night at Club Deuce Bar & Grill.