The Beacon Award

THE BEACON AWARD

 

 

We are honored and excited to announce... 
Michelle Bernstein as the 2021 Beacon Award recipient! 

The word Beacon symbolizes many things including a person that illuminates or inspires. 

The Beacon Award, presented on behalf of The Foodservice Council for Women and The Food and Beverage Portfolio Tradeshows, was created to recognize a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. 

Mark you calendars as Michelle is not to be missed! We look forward to honoring this Beacon in the industry! Michelle Bernstein will also sit as a panelist on the Foodservice Council for Women. 

 

Michelle Bernstein

ABOUT MICHELLE BERNSTEIN


Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, has dazzled diners and critics alike 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 Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2008) and author of Cuisine a 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. Bernstein and her husband/business partner David Martinez) own/operate MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company in addition to their newest endeavor, Café La Trova, a Cuban-inspired bar and café located in Little Havana combining innovative and traditional Cuban-style and technique. 

Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads, an after-school program for underprivileged kids, and regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America. Bernstein continues to host the Emmy award-winning PBS weekly television series, Check, Please! South Florida. Now in its fifth year, Bernstein also hosts the Emmy award-winning weekly TV series on Channel 10, SoFlo Taste that celebrates the food of South Florida. 

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

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

PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE FOLLOWING WOMEN WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE BEACON AWARD

Amanda Cohen,
Owner/Chef, Dirt Candy

Jilly Stephens,
CEO, City Harvest

Dominique Crenn, 
Chef/Co-Owner, Atelier Crenn

Kathleen Blake,
Chef/Owner, The Rusty Spoon

Carol B. Dover,
President/CEO, The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Kelli Valade,
President, Chili's® Grill & Bar

Edna Morris,
Managing Director, Axum Capital Partners

Sara Moulton, Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Personality

Heather McPherson

Heather McPherson,
Florida Restaurant and Food Publicist, Award-Winning Cookbook Author
and Food Writer, and Florida Farms Advocate

HAVE A FEMALE LEADER IN THE FOODSERVICE INDUSTRY YOU'D LIKE TO NOMINATE AS A BEACON AWARD RECIPIENT OR PANELIST FOR THE FSCW?

 Please contact Lauren Selman at lauren.selman@ifbta.org