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Chef Mark Militello Out at Trina in Fort Lauderdale

News flash: renowned local chef Mark Militello is out at Trina, the chic restaurant inside the beachfront Atlantic Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale.

Today, food and beverage manager Rochelle Burns confirmed his departure, saying,

"He's no longer with us." She declined to comment further.


are swirling in restaurant circles about the circumstances of

his departure. Some restaurant industry vets have described Militello as demanding, although he was

plenty nice to our reporter when she interviewed him in August (part two of the interview here). In November 2009, Militello was brought on to help open The Office gastropub in Delray Beach but was let go there just months later, in Februaray 2010. 

In the 1990s, Militello

became known as one of the orginal "Mango Gang" of chefs who brought

artistry and fresh, tropical flavors to South Florida restaurants

and invented so-called "Floribbean" cuisine. He has cooked on-air with Julia Child

and been recognized by the James Beard Foundation. He rose to even

greater prominence as the namesake behind four Mark's restaurants from

South Beach to Boca Raton.  Those closed under still-mysterious

circumstances in 2008. Militello worked at the Regent Bal Harbour for about

six months in between the closing of his Mark's chain and his time at

The Office.

More on this as it develops. In the meantime, leave your thoughts below.

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