Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, has dazzled diners and
critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun.
“My food isn’t heavy handed or unnecessarily complicated,” says Bernstein, a James Beard
Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt 2008). “You don’t need heavy handed technique and over the top presentations to
make a dish work. It’s about amazing ingredients, layered flavors and simplicity. My style of
cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it’s the simple, soulful cooking that I
remember from my travels. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners.”
These days, Bernstein is busier than ever. Bernstein and her husband/business partner David
Martinez) own/operate MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company, a full-service catering
company as well as her wildly popular café concept, Crumb on Parchment.
Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads, an after-school program for underprivileged
kids, and regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning
America. Bernstein also hosts the Emmy award-winning PBS weekly television series, Check,
Please! South Florida. Now in its third year, Bernstein also hosts for the weekly TV series on
Channel 10, SoFlo Taste that celebrates the food of South Florida.
Most recently, Bernstein partnered with American Express to create the menu for the new
Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport. In addition, she is a Lexus Culinary Master
and a member of Macy’s Culinary Council.
Bernstein has also worked with Memorial Cancer Institute (MCI), a part of Memorial
Healthcare System, to provide oncology patients with a variety of food alternatives to help ease
their way through treatment.