Michelle Bernstein

Michelle Bernstein is an award-winning chef known for her vibrant, eclectic take on Latin cuisine. Her cooking reflects Miami’s cosmopolitan blend of Caribbean, South American, and Mexican cultures, exemplified by the recipes in her book Cuisine a Latina (2008). With her husband David Martinez, she operates a string of popular Latin-themed eateries, including Café La Trova, Sweet Liberty, La Cañita, and Little Liberty, as well as Michelle Bernstein Catering.


Michelle Bernstein moved to New York City at the age of 16 to become a professional ballerina. Side-tracked by an injury, she decided to pursue a culinary career. After graduating from Johnson & Wales, she trained under renowned chef Jean-Louis Palladin. Bernstein has been a prominent figure in the Miami dining scene for over two decades, having owned and operated no less than nine acclaimed restaurants, including Azul, Michy’s, SRA, Crumb on Parchment, and Seagrape. She has also been a familiar face on television, appearing on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Martha Stewart Show, Good Morning America, Food Network’s Chopped, and Bravo’s Top Chef. Passionate about educating underprivileged kids about nutrition and healthy cooking, Michelle runs the Miami chapter of Common Threads.


Michelle studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, graduating with a bachelor of science degree.

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