Chef and Author Michael Bennett:
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. to first generation Floridians.
His professional life has been in the food and hospitality industry.
Authored Nine books since 2009:
- In the land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks - 2009 / 2011
- Underneath a Cloudless Sky - 2010
- Culture of Cuisine - 2012.
- Natural Recipes that will change your life - April, 2013
- Natural Know-How cookbook - September, 2013
- Gluten Free Caribbean Recipes - June, 2013
- All Natural SURF Cuisine - May, 2014
- a Gluten Free FLAVOR Quest - July 2014
- Interview with a Mango, Medibbean Cuisine - 2017
*** Ghost writer for other Restaurants and Chefs -- Two books.
Enjoy a bit of time in the Caribbean . . . vicariously.
-- Chef Michael Bennett is an extremely enthusiastic and articulate culinary expert on the food and cooking trends of the Caribbean. Take a tour of his latest cookbooks by sailing away with this chef and his new Cookbook of "Medibbean" cuisine.
Chef Michael Bennett attended three years of college then transferred to the Culinary Institute of America to pursue his true passion. After leaving the CIA, for most of the next 11 years, Michael's life revolved around intense periods of kitchen management followed by months of O.J.T. under the tutelage from Miami's most well known chefs. During this time he sought out the most exotic and chic dining environments. Michael was fortunate enough to have catered to nearly all of South Florida's well known clientele. Some of Michael's past clientele comprises of celebrities from the entertainment and sport industries including; Wilt Chamberlin, Roger Stubb, Oprah, Jayda and Will Smith, Michael Caine, Daryl Hanna, George Hamilton, Walter Cronkie, Morgan Freeman, Elton John, Snopp Dog, Madonna, Trina, Beyonce and others.....
Michael's first premiere chef posts was the Left Bank restaurant, a 26 year South Florida culinary landmark. They recruited Michael to be its Executive Chef in 1999. The restaurant saw critical acclaim under chef Michael's watch, earning rave reviews and accolades from the media. The restaurant received a it's first Four Star AAA award, Mobil award in 2001 and Wine Spectator's Grand Award of Excellence, also in 2002.
In 2006, Michael exodus his family 1600 miles away to the Caribbean, re-positioning himself in the West Indies to broaden his subsist vibe for the food he loves. After years of investigating the region's culinary attributes, he has returned to his home in the tropical climes of South Florida to pen two cookbooks. As the author of the "In the Land of Misfits, Pirates and Cooks"(2009) which starts his journey of creating four Caribbean themed recipe books through this years of tropical cookery edification. The second book project is a culinary-story book named; "Underneath a Cloudless Sky", a South Florida cookbook that is filled with authentic stories of how South Florida's tropical gastronomy became legendary.
Chef Michael Bennett's status and culinary posts have been highlighted in publications that include; the New York Times, Ocean Drive magazine, Cooking Light magazine, Travel and Leisure magazine, National Culinary Review (cover feature), Zagat Review ("best of"), as well as many other local newspaper features. He has appeared on television cooking segments including The Today Show-South Florida, among others. Miami New Times magazine featured Michael as one of South Florida's pivotal figures in the Florida's exotic tropical food chefs.