2020 James Beard Awards “Best Chef: South” semifinalist

Executive Chef and CEO Michael Beltran was raised in a traditional Cuban household surrounded by a family that took great pride in their heritage. Some of his fondest childhood memories involve time spent around the dinner table, where his family gathered every night for a home-cooked meal. Diving into the culinary world upon college graduation, Beltran gained experience working under some of Miami’s greatest culinary icons. His kitchen career began at Casa Juancho in Little Havana until he accepted a role as Norman Van Aken’s sous chef at Tuyo before finally joining the opening team of Michael Schwartz’s Cypress Room. A true jack-of-all-trades, Beltran can be found creating something new in the kitchen, running his notorious PIG Inc. apparel line, tackling industry topics on his podcast, “Pan Con Podcast,” or seen all over the Magic City partaking in community events to raise awareness and elevate Miami’s culinary scene on a national and global scale. Beltran is among a group of talented young chefs who are redefining the next era of Miami dining. At Ariete, Chug’s, and Navé, the talented toque continues to raise the bar with his inventive cuisine as he aims to leave a lasting impact on the Magic City’s culinary landscape.

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2020 James Beard Awards “Best Chef: South” semifinalist
Michael Beltran – Executive Chef & Owner