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Executive Chef Cindy Hutson www.cindyhutsoncuisine.com Cindy Hutson is a self-taught chef who developed a passion for cooking at the age of nine. Inspired and amused by the “Original” television culinary genius of the “Galloping Gourmet” and “Chef Tell”, she would emulate their creations on Saturday afternoons. In her teen years she was exposed to Italian and Portuguese cuisine through her best friends father. After leaving New Jersey to head for the sunny skies of Miami, she honed her skills as a sport fishing captain and mate on a 36 foot Bertram Yacht. Taking time out from fishing in 1985,Hutson married Jamaican born,Charles Hutson. Together they opened Blue Mountain Imports, a Jamaican coffee and condiment import / export company. During her travels back and forth from the Blue Mountains and beautiful Jamaican coastline, Hutson began cooking Island cuisine. In late 1993 Hutson met new partner, Delius Shirley. In November 1994 they opened “Norma’s on the Beach”. “Norma’s on the Beach” was touted as “the best Caribbean restaurant in South Florida” by publications such as USA Today, New York Times, London Times, Chicago Tribune, and Ocean Drive magazines. In 1996 they were awarded the coveted “5 Star Diamond Award”. In 1996 Mr. Robert Johnson, owner of Black Entertainment Television, dined at “Norma’s on the Beach”. Johnson too, was impressed with the restaurant, the menu, and the execution of tasty island cuisine. Shortly after, he hired Hutson & Shirley, to consult on two new restaurant concepts “BET on Jazz” in Washington D.C. and “Soundstage” in Disney World. It was Johnson who financially backed Hutson’s new “Cuisine of the Sun” at “Ortanique” Coral Gables. The upscale Coral Gables location was her new home, opening in July 1999. Famed critic John Mariani, awarded “Best New Restaurant 1999” Esquire Magazine, “Exceptional” Miami Herald, “Top 20 Restaurants” from Florida Trend.

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