Award Winning Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth to Serve as Celebrity Chefs for Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration on May 11
Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, Chef/Partners at Stiltsville Fish Bar in Miami Beach, will serve as celebrity chefs for the annual Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration presented by Florida Blue, Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center at 6:30 p.m.
McInnis and Booth were born and raised in Niceville, Florida and in Perth, Australia respectively and boast two diverse and impressive culinary resumes. After traveling the world and experimenting with different cultures and cuisines, the pair first worked together at the Miami based restaurant gigi, where McInnis became Executive Chef in 2010. In 2011, McInnis returned to his true culinary roots and opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach.
In 2014, the culinary duo brought southern hospitality to New York’s East Village with the opening of
Root & Bone, a neighborhood restaurant celebrating southern fare and country comforts, a roots revival of timeless southern recipes & traditions. Root & Bone has won numerous awards including “The Best Dish of 2014” by Timeout Magazine and the “Best Fried Chicken in NYC” by multiple publications.
After laying down roots in NYC, the couple decided to expand their culinary brands to their beloved city of Miami where the pair originally met. Their first restaurant in the Magic City was Stiltsville Fish Bar, a Florida fish house concept, in partnership with Grove Bay Hospitality Group.
Soon after the opening of Stiltsville, McInnis and Booth opened their second Miami restaurant, a pop-up of their New York City southern restaurant, Root & Bone, in Miami Beach’s Shelborne South Beach Hotel. In March of 2018 the duo opened Roots Coastal Kitchen in Puerto Rico's Wyndham Grande Resort. The restaurant concept celebrates culinary traditions from the coastlines of Puerto Rico and the Atlantic, focusing on elevating these unique dishes with innovative techniques & flavor forward local ingredients.
McInnis and Booth have both appeared on Bravo’s Emmy award winning “Top Chef,” putting their personalities and talent front and center on a national stage. In March, the two became engaged on national television while appearing on ABC's The Chew. In addition, Booth was a recent semi-finalist for a James Beard Award of Rising Star Chef of the Year and has been recognized in publications including both Forbes and Zagat’s 30 Under 30 awards.
Previous celebrity chefs for the Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration presented by Florida Blue have included Norman Van Aken, Fabio Viviani, Rocco DiSpirito, Michael Schwartz and Paula DaSilva
“We are very excited to have Jeff and Janine as the celebrity chefs at this year’s Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration presented by Florida Blue,” said Sean Pittman, Orange Bowl Committee president and chair. “This event has become our signature annual fundraiser, and we anticipate raising approximately $100,000 this year for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Special Olympics Florida and the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy.”
Through the years, the Orange Bowl has been able to invest millions of dollars in the South Florida community through its four pillars of community outreach: youth sports, fundraising and community events, academic programs and scholarships, and legacy gifts.
In addition to enjoying samples from over 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants, event attendees will enjoy an open bar, live entertainment, raffles and a complimentary gift bag. One outstanding South Florida resident will be honored with the 2017 Keith Tribble Community Service Excellence Award for the work he or she does to make a difference.
Confirmed restaurants for the 2018 Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration presented by Florida Blue are: Stiltsville Fish Bar, Casa D’Angelo, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Beaker & Grey, Toro Toro, Point Royal, Ms. Cheezious, YOLO, S3, Boatyard, Rooftop, The Rusty Pelican, 1111 Peruvian Bistro, Per’La Specialty Roasters and many more.
The consistent and continued success of the Orange Bowl Food and Wine Celebration can be credited in part to Florida Blue, the presenting sponsor of the event. Florida Blue is joined by the following associate sponsors: Cleveland Clinic Florida, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Dave & Buster’s, Deloitte, Delta Business Solutions, Florida Power & Light Company, Florida Prepaid College Plans, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Hard Rock Stadium, Pernod-Ricard USA Wines & Champagnes, The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Toyota, and Wizard Creations.
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