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The South Beach Wine and Food Festival officially rolled out last night, but you didn't think we'd let you get away with a little Friday morning man candy, did you? We might have hundreds of the nation's best chefs, hospitality pros and Food Network chef-lebrities in town, but you don't have to fly them in to turn the heat up. No, Miami is always sizzling, thanks to our city's plateful of super attractive chefs, many which you'll find at the beachside festival (here's your guide to braving it). From pizza pros to burger bros here are the hottest local chefs you'll find at this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
There's nothing sexier than a man who can toss a solid pizza, and Franco Stanzione does so with aplomb. He's a traditionalist at heart, and makes sure every tomato slice, mozzarella roll and basil leaf builds the perfect Neopolitan pie at Stanzione 87. Alright, so you may have missed your chance to swoon him twice- his South Beach Wine and Food Fest event passed and he said "I Do" earlier this month- but there's no hurt looking at him at his swanky Brickell spot once Sunday passes.
Giorgio Rapicavoli is, like, the poster child of Miami's hottest chefs. The 28-year-old is the only Miami-bred winner on Chopped, his pop-up concept, Eating House, has become a permanent Miami fixture and local fave, and he'll make you Captain Crunch pancakes when you wake up in the morning. See if you can make that happen at Saturday's Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village or Andrew Zimmern's Best of the Munchies.
Chef Richard Plasencia is doing the impossible: making hospital food taste good. Oh, and he's doing all this while getting a Masters from Michigan State University. If that doesn't smell like ambition, we're not sure what does. Catch South Miami Hospital's executive chef teaching kids the art of the kitchen at Jungle Island's Fun and Fit as a Family event from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20.
He picks his own ingredients from farms in Homestead, cooks a lean, mean steak, and could win an award for being one of the hottest dads on Instagram. As the head chef for his eponymous restaurant, Sardelli's, 35-year-old owner Fulvio Sardelli, Jr. is definitely a chef to check out, take a bite of your pasta primavera, and then check out again. You may have missed him, as he cooked up his Italian-American magic at SOBEWFF's Italian Al Fresco Feast, but you can totally visit him at any point at his Hollywood restaurant.
There's nothing better than a chef with a sense of humor, and Matt Kuscher has got it. He loves beer (so much that he and his partner David founded the Miami Brew Bus), solid burgers from his restaurants, Kush and LoKal, and ChiChi and Yeyo... his dogs. Sure, he's taken and quite smitten by his mate, but you can still scope him out at Andrew Zimmern's Best of the Munchies on Sunday from 6 to 9pm.