Miami, FL— Taste the Florida Keys with Chef Michelle Bernstein is a one-hour special, in which James Beard award-winning chef and South Florida native, Michelle Bernstein, tours the Florida Keys, in search of the local specialties, historic recipes, and culinary characters that define Keys cuisine.
Presented by Miami’s WPBT and distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT), Taste the Florida Keys with Chef Michelle Bernstein premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning February 1st, 2019 (check local listings).
From conch to coconuts and from Cuban coffee to the ubiquitous key lime, the delicacies found on this chain of Florida islands are steeped in history and tradition. The tropical climate, geographic isolation from the mainland, and creativity of the Keys residents has produced a cuisine that is, just like the Keys culture itself, far from ordinary.
Taste the Florida Keys with Chef Michelle Bernstein explores the ocean’s contribution to Keys cuisine, with fresh snapper, mahi mahi, and grouper offered daily. Some local boat captains fill us in on their favorite ‘dock to dish’ recipes and offer advice for tourists who come to catch their own meal. We get a glimpse into the kitchen at some local restaurants known for their pristine seafood specials. We also learn about spots that will cook your catch, and we find out why Hogfish and Lionfish have become especially popular.
From Key West Pink Shrimp to Lobster to Stone crab, we celebrate all things shellfish. Folks at the Keys Fisheries give Michelle Bernstein a primer on what it takes to catch these staples on the menu and share a taste of their famous Lobster Reuben.
No matter where you are in the Florida Keys, sunset is a time of celebration. Learn how this event is celebrated nightly at establishments across the island chain --from Snook’s Bayside in Key Largo to the famous Sunset Celebration in Key West.
The official dessert of the Florida Keys, Key Lime pie, is named for the tiny tropical fruit that provides the kick to this delectable treat. Though many restaurants lay claim to the ‘best’ or most ‘unique’ version of the pie, Michelle Bernstein digs up an early version of the delicacy that just may have been invented by sponge fishermen.
Taste the Florida Keys with Chef Michelle Bernstein the one-hour special was made possible in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council and Badia Spices.
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