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Jun 17, 2010 09:02 PM

Mark Militello

Heard a rumor that Mark Militello was now at Trina in Fort Lauderdale. Can anyone confirm or refute?

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  1. This guy switches restaurants every few weeks it seems

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    1. re: Sobe4u

      Switching restaurants "every few weeks"? Not really...I first dined with Mark at Mark's Place in North Miami in from the mid to late 80's...and later again, for years and years, when he was on Las Olas. May be lately, but when you're a consultant or executive chef some of your gigs are short term anyway -- setting up the menu, and then moving on -- or when you're dealing with franchises/partners you're following a different set of rules.

      I'm thoroughly looking forward to visiting Trina's...and can't wait until Mark is ready with new menu, etc etc.

      1. re: JulieF

        Totally agree with Julie F. Mark had a long stint in North Miami. Recently, he had a short run at The Regent Bal Harbour - a very bad choice in location of a restaurant in the first place- not a function of the fact that he is a talented chef. His style, though, may be rooted in the 80's but he's solid regardless.

    2. Mark Militello to Take Over Trina With New Name, Revised Menu
      By Jan Norris, Wednesday, Jun. 30 2010 @ 11:50AM

      "Never count him out - Mark Militello, an original South Florida chef who first came to notice with Mark's Place in Miami, is back at a hotel - The Atlantic on Ft. Lauderdale beach - to revamp and rework restaurant Trina's menus."


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      1. re: CFByrne

        This is great news! Trina is physically lovely in a great location, but the food became substandard over time. I'll be happy to have Mark Militello back in Fort Lauderdale!

      2. I hate restaurant "gossip" but just came across this dated last night...

        "News flash: renowned local chef Mark Militello is out at Trina, the chic restaurant inside the beachfront Atlantic Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale."

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        1. re: CFByrne

          Wasn't much better with him there. The food there a few years back set a pretty high standard for the name.

          1. re: CFByrne

            One thing we should probably keep in mind when a chef is "out" at a restaurant.

            It's probably usualy mgmt controlling the press releases. So who knows who really did what, and why?

            Maybe mgmt wanted to cut back on quality, or service standards and the chef wouldn't put up with it. Maybe the chef wants to move out of town. Maybe there's a lot of reasons.

            So these stories probably have many sides.

          2. Mark Militello Resurfaces Again in Deerfield at Cabo Blue - Broward Palm Beach Food - Clean Plate Charlie

            "Chef Mark Militello, most recently of Trina in the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, is steering an upscale "authentic" Mexican (his descript) in Deerfield Beach. He'll open Cabo Blue: a Grill and Tequila Bar within the next few weeks. It's on the property of the new Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, though it's run independently."


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            1. re: CFByrne

              Confirmed, Mark will be at the new restaurant in Deerfield Beach. I am furtunate enough to have Mark and his wife Christy as friends and as customers. Mark has spent some time in Mexico in the past researching authentic Mexican food. They are both very excited about the new concept, we wish them well. Chuck Ternosky/Calypso Restaurant

              1. re: CFByrne

                Called the hotel, I was thinking of trying this today (Cabo Blue) if they were open.

                They said this is not open yet and they did not have a projected date (person at front desk).

                Looking forward to it!

              2. Looks like Chef Mark is heading to Shaka Grill in Coconut Creek.


                "Coming December 2011"

                Looks to be affiliated with Bluefin Sushi and Yozo Natsui...

                "Yozo's next big challenge will see him translating Asian flavors into a fusion restaurant called Shaka Sushi and Robata Grill in Coconut Creek. There will be sushi, of course, but also a robata or charcoal grill on which much of the food will be cooked. It's much more healthful than frying, which is a popular Japanese cooking method."