While Running Palme d’Or at Biltmore in Coral Gables, Philippe Ruiz was nominated for Best Chef:South for two years running after working for the restaurant since 1999. In 2009, restaurant critic Lee Klein wrote, “There should never be a conversation about Miami’s best chefs that does not include Philippe Ruiz, nor one concerning our finest restaurants without mention of Palme d’Or.” At the end of 2011, Ruiz left Palme d’Or to work at Lippi.

Where to try his food: Palme d’Or. 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gable, FL 33134. (855) 969-3084