Executive Chef/ Owner
Ortanique on the Mile & Ortanique Camana Bay
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 friend’s father, a successful restaurateur from New Jersey. After high school Hutson left New Jersey to move to the sunny skies of Miami. In late 1994 Hutson met a new life partner, Delius Shirley. With Hutson having three kids, which were her main concern, she was hesitant to go along with this new life venture. It was Shirley who convinced her to go into the restaurant business with him. In November 1994 they opened “Norma’s on the Beach”. Norma’s 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” for the fabulous dining at Norma’s on the Beach and has continued to hold that same prestigious award at Ortanique on the Mile. Cindy was also named “Chef of the Year” by Chef Magazine in 2011 & “Chef of the Year” by Eaters in 2012.
Cindy did not stop there; she and her partner Delius opened multiple other concepts, “Ortanique Las Vegas and DC in 2001 “Copra” in Baltimore, MD and “Bogwalk” in Destin, Fl in 2004 which have since been sold to new owners. They currently have “Ortanique on the Mile” in Coral Gables Florida, an establishment that is thirteen years young and still going strong. The couple recently opened Ortanique on the Crescent at Camana Bay, on Grand Cayman Island November 23, 2010. The restaurant’s menu reflects the same global inspirations that created the menu of Ortanique on the Mile. The Grand Cayman location lends Hutson the ability to have a diversified Caribbean “tapas” menu along with her full moon “Caja China” pig roasts. With all the traveling between the two restaurants she still finds time to do guest chef appearances, monthly cooking classes and consulting. When asked “Are you spreading yourself too thin?” Hutson replies “This culinary travel is what I thrive on teaching other chefs about our earths bounties, edible history and the indigenous ingredients that are regionally prepared…being a chef has been an experience beyond imagination. There are no boundaries in cooking, only new opportunities and trends unfolding daily at my door.”
Cindy Hutson Cuisine has recently expanded to Harbour Island, Bahamas at The Dunmore. The resort sits atop the crown of Harbour Island’s pink sands beach, offering guests some of the best views on the island. “Our location is exceptional, so we wanted to create an extraordinary luxury vacation destination,” says Gil Besing, owner of The Dunmore. “We’re thrilled to have Cindy Hutson join us. Her cuisine is a celebration of Caribbean cooking.” Her style, experience and dedication to the islands are the ideal reflection of Besing’s vision when he reopened The Dunmore. Now, with Cindy, Delius and their team in place, the resort brings another great dining destination to Harbour Island. “The islands are in my heart,” says Chef Cindy Hutson, “so I’m excited about bringing my love of the islands to The Dunmore’s guests and visitors.
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