Celebrity Chefs of South Florida: James Beard Winner Mark Militello returns to Josie’s with plans for new restaurant

James Beard Award Winning Chef Mark Militello, a member of the legendary Mango Gang, has returned to Josie’s Ristorante in Boynton Beach as a consultant and is working with the owners to open a new restaurant concept. At Josie’s, Militello is “sourcing the freshest local seafood, the most beautiful exotic mushrooms from The Mushroom Guy in Fort Pierce and the finest meats from Pat LaFrieda in New York City.”

 

“I’m so pleased to be working with Josie’s and the family that owns it. Soon, we’ll be able to talk about a new restaurant concept we are developing, “ Mark Militello said.

 

Also at the restaurant is Militello’s favorite pastry chef, Ashley Roehrig, whose sixteen layer chocolate cake and bananas foster bread pudding are customer favorites.

 

Mark Militello is often credited with putting South Florida on America’s culinary map and is recognized for creating contemporary cuisine that has Italian, Asian and Caribbean influences.

 

Militello is a member of the Mango Gang, a group of Miami area chefs who revolutionized the South Florida dining landscape in the late 1980’s with their flavor-forward food sensibility that married modern and classic cooking with chef-driven menus that changed daily and showcased tropical fruit, regional vegetables and fresh local seafood.

 

In addition to the James Beard Award for “Best Regional Chef” in the Southeast, he received two “Golden Dish” awards from GQ magazine and a “Distinguished Restaurant Award” from Conde Nast Traveler, among other prestigious accolades.

 

Josie’s Ristorante is located at 1602 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL 33435, on the southeast corner of Woolbright and Federal, next to the Intracoastal Bridge.  Reservations are encouraged—call 561.364.9601 or visit josiesristorante.com.

 

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