Bimini Boatyard executive chef Michael Bennett has left his position at the popular Fort Lauderdale seafood restaurant to pursue several other culinary avenues of interest.
Bennett, who resigned his position shortly after Thanksgiving, is consulting on two projects as well as writing part two of his chef essay/workbook Culture of Cuisine.
Wine Down Gourmet Market and Restaurant will open this December in Grand Cayman. The restaurant will feature gourmet cheese and meats, salads, and inspired tapas selections. Grand Cayman is fast becoming the foodie capital of the Caribbean, with restaurants by Michael Schwartz, Cindy Hutson, and Eric Ripert all having a presence on the island.
Harvest Market and
Cafe in Bellair Bluffs on Florida's west coast is Bennett's other
endeavor. Scheduled to open on Valentine's Day 2012, the market will be
modern and spacious, with a large selection of gourmet foods.
Bennett is also the author of two cookbooks, Underneath a Cloudless Sky and In the Land of Misfits, Pirates, and Cooks (which he recently revised as a 100 percent gluten-free cookbook). His books are available on Amazon.com.
No word yet on Bennett's replacement at Bimini Boatyard.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.