Chef Spotlight

Sean Brasel

Meat Market Miami


Behind every great restaurant, there’s a creative, talented force that brings forth passion, dedication and excellence to every bite. The partnership between Chef Sean Brasel and co-owner David Tornek exudes such dynamic force that after 13 years together they continue to create the hottest see-and-be-seen restaurants in the business, by virtue of Brasel’s exquisite cuisine, Tornek’s innovative concepts, and their combined talent for exceeding diners’ expectations. Their award-winning creation, Meat Market – a sizzling contemporary American steakhouse with a bustling vibe that has taken Miami and beyond by storm.

Born in Colorado, Brasel dreamed of being a chef as a young boy. He got his start as a sous chef at Cliff Young’s in Denver, taking the helm shortly thereafter. The talented chef soon won a prestigious scholarship to Madeline Kamman’s School for American Chefs in Napa Valley, beating out more than 2,000 applicants. Upon graduation, Brasel returned to Denver to start a restaurant-consulting business, and it was while he was working at an Italian concept, that he met his future business partner, David Tornek. In 1994 they opened several successful restaurants in Colorado before relocating to South Florida, launching Touch in the heart of South Beach on Lincoln Road. The restaurant went on to garner acclaim for Brasel’s ambitious contemporary American cuisine as well as a well-earned reputation as a see-and-be-seen hotspot by virtue of its sexy ambiance, celebrity diners and offbeat entertainment.

In 2008, the pair launched Meat Market. For Meat Market, Brasel has created a menu that embraces the staples of a classic steakhouse – a variety of prime cuts, generous portions of innovative seafood, amazing sides and appetizers, top notch wine list – but infuses it all with an artful, contemporary spin. A long-time ambassador for Certified Angus Beef and Goya Foods, Brasel is a well-respected name in the culinary community.

About The Restaurant: Meat Market Miami

Since opening its doors in 2008, Meat Market’s flagship restaurant on South Beach has earned rave reviews and numerous awards, including Condé Nast Traveler “Miami’s Buzziest Restaurants” and Wine Spectator “Best of” award.

Restauranteur David Tornek and acclaimed executive chef and co-owner Sean Brasel first met in 1994, opening several successful restaurants in Colorado, before relocating to Miami to launch Touch, a former bustling hot spot for local foodies, Miami Beach trendsetters and celebrities. At Meat Market, Brasel created an ever changing menu that embraces the staples of a classic steakhouse with prime cuts of beef, fresh fish, seafood and poultry dishes, scrumptious sides and appetizers, infused with an artful, contemporary spin, in a sizzling metropolitan setting.

“We wanted to bring the American steakhouse into the 21st century,” says chef Brasel. “We believe Meat Market offers foodies and steak lovers a much needed fine dining destination.”