South Beach Seafood Week       |       October 17 - 21       |       Miami Beach, Florida

South Beach Seafood Festival: In The Kitchen with Lobster Bar Sea Grille and Stacy Moya

Enjoy this In The Kitchen guest article by Best Food Miami‘s Stacy Moya who got ready for the South Beach Seafood Festival with Executive Chef Arturo Paz of Lobster Bar Sea Grille.

When I (Stacy Moya) heard that South of Fifth’s newcomer, Lobster Bar Sea Grille was participating in this year’s Sobe Seafood Fest, I had to learn more.

The South Beach Seafood Week is known as an upscale, VIP-style food experience, so it made sense that Lobster Bar Sea Grille would get involved with their South Beach location.

I couldn’t wait to meet Chef Arturo and hear his take on the hugely popular Lobster Bar Sea Grille concept from Buckhead Life Restaurant Group.

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Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Arturo came to the United States at 17 to study architecture at Cornell.

He later transferred to Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. There, he also took a job as a prep cook under chefs Emeril Lagasse and Jamie Shannon.

Arturo earned his degree in architecture and even worked for an architectural firm. But, his passion for cooking was undeniable. He moved to Miami and eventually graduated from Johnson & Whales.

“Chefs were coming from all over the nation. They were using ingredients that I grew up with but elevating them to the level of fine dining. It was incredibly eye-opening.”, Arturo states.

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Chef Arturo took me on a tour of this stunning restaurant. It’s richly decorated in mahogany wood with beige upholstery and New York subway tiles on the walls.

The kitchen area is equally as impressive! I was able to see Chef Arturo in action as he prepared a delicious Chili Lobster for me.

This dish is one full pound of shell off lobster on Texas toast with mild chili butter sauce and is pure perfection.

I also found out several interesting qualities about Chef, including:

  • He has a great sense of humor!
  • His favorite food is Puerto Rican.
  • He loves cooking with his family and concocting dishes out of whatever they find at home.

This will be the first year that chef Arturo Paz and Lobster Bar Sea Grille will be participating in Sobe Seafood Fest. I am certain that he has something very special up his sleeve for attendees this year!

Get ready for Sobe Seafood Fest:

You can find a schedule of events as well as purchase tickets here.

Make sure you use code ‘BFM’ at checkout for 20% off!

See you there,

Stacy Moya
Best Food Miami