Chef Spotlight

Jarod Higgins

AmericanAirlines Arena

Executive Chef Jarod Higgins, a Johnson & Wales graduate has been professionally cooking for the past 18 years. He took over his first Executive Chef position at the age of 23 with the Pinelli/Marra Restaurant Group in Providence, Rhode Island. He eventually opened up four more restaurants with the group all around the stateof Rhode Island and their Full service catering division, doing events upwards of 20,000 people. Higgins parted ways with the Pinelli/Marra restaurant group and moved back to his home town of Asheville, North Carolina to open The Chop House, before coming down to South Beach, where he got into the award winning restaurant, Red the Steakhouse, Miami Beach as Chef de Cuisine. After a few years with Red Restaurant group, Executive Chef Jarod Higgins was brought into the Modern Restaurant Group by Owners Brandon Belluscio, Chef Anthony Pizzo and Brian Albe to take over their flagship restaurant Cut432 before moving to Levy at AmericanAirlines Arena.

While being with Levy, The AmericanAirlines Arena & 601, Chef Higgins has continued to bring the food scene with the Miami Heat and the AmericanAirlines Arena to new heights while hosting many events including VIP tent for the MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park, NBA VIP events, and many other functions ranging from 50 people to 18,000 people. Chef Higgins has also entertained Florida and the World’s best chefs at the arena & 601 ranging from Chef Massimo Bottura, Chef Jose Mendin, Chef Arturo Paz and many others.

About The Restaurant: AmericanAirlines Arena

Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena is an international, versatile venue in a vibrant waterfront setting that showcases world-class and sophisticated events. Located in Downtown Miami on the waterfront of Biscayne Bay, the Arena is positioned between the skyline of the city, the beautiful beaches and the nightlife of South Beach.

Located in the center of booming Downtown Miami and the Entertainment District, AmericanAirlines Arena hosts 80+ non-basketball events each year. Including A-list concerts, family shows, sporting events, National Conferences, and more. The HEAT Group has always been committed to making AmericanAirlines Arena the premier sports and entertainment venue in South Florida, adding state-of-the-art technology and investing in cutting-edge renovations and additions over its 15-year history. Dining locations include 601, Dewar’s Lounge, and the Grey Goose Flagship Lounges along with pop up restaurants from some of South Florida’s premier restaurants.