Allen Susser : Chef Allen's Consulting

Allen Susser is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award. He currently directs and oversees all three locations of The Cafe at Books & Books in Coral Gables, on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and the newest at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. Chef Allen's has a passionate commitment to local fresh ingredients.

His personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening Chef Allen's as chef/owner of his groundbreaking Miami restaurant. The New York Times called Allen the "Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking". Chef Allen's cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America". In 2000 Allen launched Chef Allen's Consulting a boutique restaurant and hospitality consulting firm - providing strategic initiative, culinary resources, and innovative direction for the industry.

Chef Allen Susser is pioneering chocolate in St Lucia, West Indies. His Emerald Estate Vintage Chocolate is authentically hand crafting small batches of cacao beans, slow roasted and stone ground.

Susser is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board and is a Culinary Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its sustainable seafood watch. He received an honorary Doctorate of Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. And received the President's Award for community service from Florida International University. He is the original author of New World Cuisine and Cookery (Doubleday, 1995), The Great Citrus Book (Ten Speed Press, 1997) and The Great Mango Book, (Ten Speed Press, 2001).

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
Working on my cooking merit badge as a boy scout

If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
Having Jose Andres introduce me to the King of Spain and sharing that moment in time on the hot sunny sands with Mel Dick

If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Julia Child was my favorite

I never leave home without my:
my little spice box