Michelle Bernstein


Before being chosen to take the helm at Azul at Mandarin Oriental - Miami, Chef Michelle Bernstein was already a rising culinary star. A native of Miami, Florida and a graduate of Johnson Wales University, Michelle trained with Jean Louis Palladin at the Watergate in Washington, D.C., honed her skills at Alison on Dominick and Le Bernadin in New York, was Executive Chef and co-owner of The Strand, named one of Miami's top restaurants by Food and Wine.

Azul, the intimate and elegant restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental - Miami Hotel on upscale Brickell Key, is a showcase for Michelle's signature style of blending Latin flavors with Asian, New Caribbean and classic French influences. Known for vibrant, fusion inspired entrees and exciting "New Beginnings" appetizers, the menu at Azul is inventive and eclectic, reflecting Miami's international culture.

Chef Bernstein and Azul have received numerous awards, including; 2001 Best Restaurant of the Year, Esquire Magazine, One of the World's "Best New Restaurants", Conde Nast Traveler, and one of "America's 50 Best Hotel Restaurants", Food and Wine. Named one of South Florida's top chefs by Ocean Drive Magazine and Co-Host of The Food Network's "Melting Pot", Michelle Bernstein is articulate, detail-oriented and passionate about her cuisine. Whether it is an exciting, complex Caribbean Bouillabaisse, or an elegantly simple Short Ribs of Beef with Thai Chilies, her food is as breathtaking and perfect as the waterfront setting of Azul.

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