Michelle Bernstein - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Michelle Bernstein

Crumb on Parchment - Miami, FL

A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, Michelle Bernstein has dazzled diners and critics with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun.

“My food isn’t heavy-handed or unnecessarily complicated,” says the James Beard Foundation Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine à Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008). “You don’t need heavy-handed technique and over-the-top presentations to make a dish work. It’s about amazing ingredients, layered flavors, and simplicity. My style of cooking is inspired by my own food memories and it’s the simple, soulful cooking that I remember from my travels. I cook the food I love and I think that love translates to the diners.”

These days, Bernstein is busier than ever. She and her husband (and business partner) David Martinez own and operate MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company as well as her wildly popular café concept Crumb on Parchment.

Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads, an after-school program for underprivileged kids, and regularly appears on such national TV shows as Top Chef and Good Morning America. Bernstein also hosts the Emmy Award–winning PBS weekly television series Check, Please! South Florida as well as Miami’s Channel 10 weekly TV series SoFlo Taste that celebrates the food of South Florida.

Most recently, Bernstein partnered with American Express to create the menu for the new Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport. In addition, she is a member of Macy’s Culinary Council and a Lexus Culinary Master.

Bernstein has also worked with Memorial Cancer Institute (MCI), a part of Memorial Healthcare System, to provide oncology patients with food alternatives to help ease their way through treatment.