A report from the South Florida Times.
City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Chefs of the Caribbean and the Northeast 2nd Avenue Partnership presented Chefs Of The Caribbean Celebrity Brunch on May 18 during Haitian Flag Day at the Caribbean Marketplace in the heart of Little Haiti.
Attendees at the celebrity brunch enjoyed dishes prepared by Chef Ron Duprat (Haiti), Chef Thia (Haiti), Chef Jouvens Jean (Haiti), Chef Irie (Jamaica), Chef Andre Nurse (Barbados) Chef Danny Penalo (Dominican Republic), Chef Dominique (Haiti), Chef Rose (Jamaica) and Chef Keith Reed (Bahamas)
There also was Haitian coffee from Mokafe, signature island beverages and spirits from Barbancourt Rhum, Valmas Cremas, Madame Gougousse tropical juices and Cola Couronne.
In honor of the occasion, Sheila Be sang the Haitian National Anthem and American National Anthem, saxophonist Wil Marcelin serenaded the guests and Kanis performed Haitian classics and her original songs.
Celebrity Chef, restaurateur, philanthropist and community activist Chef Creole was honored for his contributions to South Florida’s culinary arts scene during the past 25 years at the event.
Chef Creole owns and operates five restaurants in Miami. In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, he is a community leader and advocate. He is the cofounder and vice president of the Little Haiti Optimist Club & Foundation.
For the past ten years, Chef Creole has distributed more than 10,000 toys and bikes to kids in the community. Most recently, during the government shutdown, Chef Creole fed TSA workers and customs agents at Miami International Airport.
His restaurants and culinary talents have been featured and recognized on television and in many national and local publications, including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations CNN-TV, NBC6-TV, Gourmet Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Source Magazine, Miami Herald, Miami New Times Newspaper, Miami Times Newspaper and more.
His clientele list reads like the Who’s Who of the entertainment, sports and corporate world.
At the event, Chef Creole was presented with several awards: Special Recognition Award from Miami Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime; Special Recognition Award from City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon; The Key to Little Haiti from Little Haiti Optimist Club and Welcome to Little Haiti; Culinary Achievement Award from the Chefs of the Caribbean and a Tribute Card from the community.
The brunch culminated with City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon cutting a symbolic Haitian cake in honor of Haitian Flag Day.