In 1994, Allen Susser was the first Miami chef to be declared a winner of a James Beard Award when he brought home the prestigious Best Chef: South award. 2008 came with a nomination for Outstanding Chef. Recently, Allen Susser has closed down his own restaurant after 25 years of service in hopes of working as a consultant, restaurant developer, and teacher. His name is attached to other projects such as The Books and Books Café in Coral Gables, Burger Bar by Chef Allen in Ft. Lauderdale Airport, and Brooklyn Water Bagel Company. Susser is an individual who enjoys giving back to the community through fundraising efforts. For 24 years, he has led the Miami Taste of the Nation event, fighting childhood hunger with Share Our Strength.

Where to find him: Books and Books. 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134. (305) 448-9599