My Perfect Day - Brad Kilgore

James Beard award finalist Brad Kilgore, one of Miami's most enterprising chef patrons, shares with U his 'Perfect Day'.

How do you start your day? 

Email, coffee, waiting on a bridge to lower.

Leisurely lunch go to?

Mandolin Bistro - it’s right around the corner from Kaido and Ember and is a great local spot I love to go to before my night in the kitchen starts.

Favourite way to pass the time in Miami? 

Oysters and sunsets - nothing beats a Miami sunset.

Favourite Miami landmarks, and why? 

I love the architecture and culture found at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and the food at Brava isn’t bad either!

Tipple of choice and favourite cocktail hangouts? 

Melinda’s & MiniBar.

Favourite dining destinations, and why? 

Lucali - hands down the best calzones in Miami.

Final stop for a nightcap, and why? 

Definitely Sweet Liberty, they have excellent service, and the food and drinks are always amazing. Never disappoints.

Rest hangover remedy? 

Papa Johns - that butter sauce though.

Where next on your travels?

Japan, Bali, Bangkok, Chicago, and potentially Lisbon. A lot of the inspiration from Kaido came from Japan so I love to go back there and continue to explore and see what else I can bring back to my restaurants.

Originally from Kansas, Kilgore has had some serious fine dining experience including stints at Chicago's L2O, Alinea and Boka. Before opening Alter, he was executive chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's J&G Grill in Miami. With his Kilgore Culinary Group he has opened Kaido, an Asian restaurant and lounge and soon to open - Ember - a wood-fired American bistro. 

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