Market 17 Hires Lauren DeShields as Executive Chef

Lauren DeShields has been hired as executive chef of Market 17 to replace Daniel Ramos who left in early August. She takes the helm this week at the Fort Lauderdale restaurant that is among the most stringent practitioners of the farm to table mantra of any in the area.

Most recently, 27-year-old DeShields had been chef de cuisine for Dean Max's 3800 Ocean in Singer Island. She has also served stints at Saison in San Francisco and Michael Mina's RN74, named for the main highway in France's Burgundy wine region.

"We had a phone conversation with Dean Max last month, and he suggested we consider her," said

Kirsta Grauberger, managing partner of Market 17 with her brother,

Aaron. The pair had been searching nationally since early August, when

Ramos left for Quail Ridge Country Club to allow more time with his


Diners will see menu changes over the next couple of months, says Grauberger, but "we hope customers give her time to get acclimated first."

Market 17 is one of a handful in Fort Lauderdale that will be a part of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival in February. The restaurant will join New York's David Burke's  sold-out New York Times series dinner, featuring DeShields, Emily Luchetti of San Francisco's Waterbar, and Kieran Masek of Gansevoort Hotel in Miami.

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