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Meet The Chef: Gustavo Vertone of Joia Beach in Miami, FL

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Over ten years of experience at some of Miami’s most prominent restaurants, Chef Gustavo Vertone continues to make culinary art and enhance each guest’s experience by providing an exciting and impressive menu. Foodies, locals, and visitors alike have been flocking to his new home as Executive Chef at Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club in Miami, FL.

Joia Beach Restaurant is located in Miami, FL. © Provided Joia Beach Restaurant is located in Miami, FL.

Born and raised in Argentina, Gustavo Vertone enrolled in Argentina’s largest cooking school, Gato Dumas Institute in Buenos Aires, founded by and named after one of its most acclaimed chefs. Upon Graduating in 2000, Vertone was given the opportunity to move to Miami and pursue his passion for the culinary arts and turn it into a successful career. First working as the chef de partie at Nobu, he later went on to be part of the opening team for Scarpetta at The Fontainebleau Hotel and then had the opportunity to work at Baoli Cannes in the South of France.

Chef Gustavo Vertone of Joia Beach in Miami, FL. © Provided Chef Gustavo Vertone of Joia Beach in Miami, FL.

In 2009, Vertone used his experience with Asian, Latin, and European influences to launch Baoli Miami as its first Executive Chef. He created the menu, designed dishes, and trained new staff in this role. Vertone grew with Mr. Hospitality Miami Management Group, which owns and operates Baoli.

He led the culinary vision for Marion and El Tucan opening in 2016 and worked to maintain the integrity of every dish’s roots, infusing them with modern touches. Vertone is known for using fresh seasonal ingredients and new and exciting flavors to create unique dining experiences for celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith. 

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, the greater Mid-Atlantic area, and beyond. Email Marilyn at phillygrub@gmail.com with food and travel news.

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