Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1:03 p.m.
Jeremy Ford has left Matador Room at the Miami Beach Edition hotel to form a partnership with Grove Bay Hospitality Group.
Ford, most famously, won the title of Top Chef on the award-winning Bravo television series last year. During the season finale, Matador Room owner Jean-Georges Vongerichten served as Ford’s sous-chef. That teamwork secured a victory for the chef.
Now the 31-year-old has forged a partnership with Grove Bay Hospitality Group that will allow him to further his career path. In a statement, Ford said, “I’m not looking to replicate anything I’ve done in the past. This is an incredible opportunity to create new concepts.”
The Grove Bay team — which consists of CEOs Francesco Balli and Ignacio Garcia-Menocal and chief operating officer Eddie Acevedo — has partnered with some of Miami’s most promising culinary names, including Giorgio Rapicavoli on Coconut Grove’s Glass & Vine and Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth on Stiltsville Fish Bar, which is scheduled to open this summer in South Beach. The team also owns and operates Big Easy Winebar & Grill and American Harvest.
Garcia-Menocal says Ford weighed several opportunities before going with his company. “We feel very lucky and blessed to be partners with him.” Grove Bay’s initial plans are for the chef to helm two restaurants. The larger of the pair will be located on the site of the multi-use Grove Bay project on Coconut Grove’s waterfront, which recently broke ground.
Rather than wait for construction to be completed, Ford will open another, more…
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