Chef Cindy Hutson, along with partner Delius Shirley, showcase their ethnically diverse and seasonally driven “Cuisine of the Sun” at their Ortanique restaurants (locations in Coral Gables and Grand Cayman Island) and Zest concepts at The Cliff Hotel in Negril, Jamaica and downtown Miami.Serve Me Some Updates
Featuring Hutson’s signature “Cuisine of the Sun”, Ortanique on the Mile opened more than 17 years ago in Coral Gables, Florida to rave reviews including Esquire and Bon Appétit acknowledging it as one of the “Best New Restaurants” and Condé Nast Traveler awarding it as one of their “Hot Table” concepts. Reviews and customers alike continue to sing its praises to this day.Visit Website
Enjoy the award-winning restaurant experience provided by the food and beverage team of Chef Cindy Hutson and Delius Shirley, son of the famed Jamaican chef and restauranteur Norma Shirley, who continues his mother’s incomparable dining legacy on the island. Together the dynamic duo create the perfect balance between an amazing world cuisine, impeccable service and a breathtaking view overlooking the pristine Caribbean Sea.Visit Website
A refresh of Cindy Hutson’s iconic “Cuisine of the Sun,” Zest is open for lunch and dinner and offers a modern interpretation of her ethnically diverse and seasonally-driven island fare.
Zest MRKT is open weekdays for breakfast and lunch. The menu offers healthy “grab-and-go” gourmet delights including sandwiches, soups, salads, fresh juices, coffee and more.Visit Website
Cindy Hutson, Executive Chef / Owner
In 1994 award-winning chef Cindy Hutson met her life partner, Delius Shirley. With an inherit passion for cooking, but no formal training and three kids to care for, Hutson was hesitant to open her first restaurant venture. Against the odds and with the extra support of Shirley, Hutson took the leap of faith and that same year opened Norma’s on the Beach. Rave reviews touted Hutson’s cuisine as “the best Caribbean restaurant in South Florida” and international support from USA Today, The New York Times, London Times, Chicago Tribune, Chef Magazine and Eater, who named Hutson “Chef of the Year” (2012), helped set the pace for what would develop into a thriving culinary future.
Hutson’s culturally diverse and seasonally driven culinary style is heavily influenced by her extensive travel and food history. Her signature “Cuisine of the Sun” is a self-coined approach that means to create without limits and cook everything under the sun, infusing nuances of her famous island flavors throughout. “I thrive on teaching about our earth’s bounties, edible history and utilizing indigenous ingredients that are regionally prepared,” says Hutson about her culinary inspiration, which is apparent in her many regionally-inspired Caribbean concepts.
More than 20 years later Hutson and Shirley have built a culinary empire with the successful opening and operation of more than eight award-winning concepts. Currently, the dynamic duo run their seventeen-year-old love-child, Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables, Florida, which opened with Esquire and Bon Appétit acknowledging it as one of the “Best New Restaurants” and Condé Nast Traveler awarding it as one of their “Hot Table” concepts; and their six-year-old Ortanique on the Crescent at Camana Bay on Grand Cayman Island, which has been praised by Caribbean Journal as one of the “Top 50 Best Restaurants” in the Caribbean.
Last spring, Hutson published her first cookbook, From the Tip of My Tongue (Story Farm), which received the prestigious 2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for “Best Woman Chef Cookbook in the United States.” In February 2016, Hutson will open Zest, a contemporary fine dining concept, and Zest MRKT for “grab and go” in downtown Miami’s Southeast Financial Center. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant and its adjacent market will both feature menus inspired by Hutson’s multi-ethnic and seasonally inspired “Cuisine of the Sun.” Additionally, Hutson and Shirley recently opened a Zest concept at The Cliff Hotel in Negril, Jamaica where her world cuisine is now enjoyed overlooking breathtaking views of the pristine Caribbean Sea.
When Hutson is not in the kitchen, she can be found lending her culinary expertise to the food community by hosting events, intimate cooking classes and mentoring young women through the James Beard Foundation’s Women in Culinary Leadership program about breaking through the culinary world’s “glass ceiling.” She is a culinary ambassador for Certified Angus Beef and the National Pork Board, and she has served on the board of the Miami-Dade County Culinary Council, Idaho Potato, and Egg Board as their “Egg-cellent” chef.
Select honors acknowledging Chef Cindy Hutson’s leadership and outstanding culinary achievements, as well awards recognizing her restaurants and debut cookbook.
50 Best Restaurants in the Caribbean
Gourmand World Cookbook Award
Best Woman Chef Cookbook
Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Businesswomen of the Year
Top 10 Best Restaurant List
2001 – 2012
New Times Magazine
Miami’s Best Chef
Best Mojito in Miami
The American Academy of Hospitality and Sciences
Five Star Diamond Award
2005 – 2012
American Egg Board
Eggscellent Chef Ambassador
Emerging Tastemaker Award
Top 20 Chefs
Top Female Chef ACA
American Chef Association
National Pork Council’s
Celebrated Chef’s Program Spoke Person
“Award of Excellence”
2002 – 2012
“Cocktail of the Year” for Mojito
“Best New Ethnic Restaurant”
Bon Appetit Magazine
“Best New Restaurant in Miami”
“Golden Spoon Award”
“America’s Top Tables”
Conde Nast Traveler
Mobil Travel Guide
Food and Wine Magazine
“Best New Wine List in Miami“
El Nuevo Herald
Five Starts (Top Rating)
South Florida Sun Sentinel
TOP 100 LIST
4 STAR (Top Rating)
“Exceptional” (Top Rating)
1999, 2003 & 2004
“Best New Restaurant in America”
A selection of local and national articles featuring Chef Cindy Hutson and her signature “Cuisine of the Sun.”