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chef setaiAfter the departure of chef David Werly, The Setai, Miami Beach Vice President and Managing Director Guenter Richter appointed Mathias Gervais as the hotel‚Äôs new executive chef.  Chef Gervais will be responsible for overseeing all culinary operations for the award-winning hotel.   ‚ÄúHe is a great culinary talent who understands the intricacies of our Far East-inspired and southern European offerings,‚ÄĚ said Richter of Chef Gervais who specializes in a blend of French, Italian and Japanese cultures with a focus on the traditional gastronomic Japanese cuisine.

A native of France, chef Gervais honed his culinary skills working alongside top chefs including Jo√ęl Robuchon and Christophe Cussac as well as Takeo Yamazaki at the H√ītel Metropole in Monte Carlo, Monaco, a two Michelin star rated Japanese restaurant. At age 33, Chef Gervais has worked in three Michelin star L‚ÄôEnoteca Pincchiorri in Firenze, Italy with chef Annie Feolde; at two Michelin star Le Moulin de Mougins in Mougins, France with Ma√ģtre Cuisinier de France Roger Verg√©; and at two Michelin star Le Faventia at the Four Seasons in Fayence, France.

For more information:  www.setai.com.

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A James Beard Award nominee, Sandoval  is no stranger to South Florida’s culinary scene; earlier this year he opened a successful fast-casual dining concept in Brickell: Kokoriko Natural Rotisserie.  Beyond the Toro Toro and Kokoriko concepts, Sandoval is the chef/restaurateur behind over 34 successful restaurants worldwide, including New York and DC. Toro Toro Miami is the fourth collaboration between Chef Sandoval and Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the owner of the InterContinental Miami and 17 other upscale and luxury hotels and resorts in North America and Europe  

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Slated to open late-October 2012, Toro Toro Miami is located on the lobby level of the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami (adjacent to Bayfront Park).¬† Open seven days a week, the restaurant will offer lunch service from noon to 3 p.m., dinner ‚Äď along with a not-to-be-missed Happy Hour ‚Äď starting at 4 p.m. The restaurant will remain open Sunday ‚Äď Wednesday until midnight and Thursday ‚Äď Saturday until 1 a.m. The bar will be open every night until 2 a.m. ¬†¬°Ol√©!, will serve breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to11:30 a.m.¬† Sunday Brunch to be announced at a later date. Valet and street parking will be available. ¬†¬† ¬†¬†(305) 372-4710; Catering for Toro Toro (305) 372-4713; www.torotoromiami.com. www.icmiamihotel.com.¬†

 

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