The April 2013 opening of Tongue & Cheek marked Jamie DeRosa's arrival as a restaurateur, a
new role he approached with ambition and enthusiasm. Like many chefs, DeRosa fell in love
with cooking as a child, making paella at the age of seven alongside his grandmother in the
kitchen. Those hours spent learning her tricks and methods of simple, rustic cooking laid the
groundwork for a passion that would take him as a young adult to Johnson & Wales University in
Miami. While attending J&W, he found a home under the wing of James Beard Award-winning
chef Allen Susser. "I learned a lot from Chef Allen," says DeRosa. "From learning the ins-and-outs
of managing a culinary team to daily kitchen operations, my time with him was invaluable."
2015 will mark the unveiling of a new project close to DeRosa's heart,
Izzy's Fish & Oyster, named after his daughter Isabela Grace, "Izzy." It will be located at 423
Washington Avenue next to its sister restaurant, Tongue & Cheek. The concept will offer
traditional New England seafood in a fresh, relaxed setting within Miami Beach's pulsating South of Fifth neighborhood.
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If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
Munchies is always my most favorite. Closing party, fun crowd and who doesn't like "stoner" food!