Chef Eismann pays homage to American barbecue
By Richard Leong
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Jonathan Eismann has rapidly built a group of eclectic eateries in Miami's Design District, one of that city's up-and-coming neighborhoods.
The 48-year-old New York native and graduate of The Culinary Institute of America is known for his French techniques and innovative ideas.
He recently opened Q American Barbeque which serves southern-style barbecue and is located just blocks from his Pan-Asian flagship Pacific Time, Volante, a high-end pizzeria and Fin, a seafood restaurant.
Eismann spoke to Reuters about the American barbecue and Miami's dining scene.
Q: Miami is not known for its barbecue. Are you adding your own twist on this American food?
A: "It is very traditional. What I mean by that is barbecue is certainly a regional American cuisine like California cuisine. What it really is it's an American heritage cuisine from the different regions it comes from, mostly the southern region of the United States. I did a lot of research and cooking a lot on my own."
Q: You opened one of the first restaurants in Miami Beach before it became trendy. Now all your eateries are in the city's Design District. Why?
A: "Rents on Miami Beach are now extraordinary ... It was a sensible move. It draws more of a local crowd. It's more word-by-mouth. We are building a reputation with foodie tourists. The neighborhood is a burgeoning area." Continued...