Ortanique on the Mile & Ortanique Camana Bay
DELIUS SHIRLEY has been in the restaurant business since he was a child, he started as a dishwasher for his mother, Norma Shirley, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1978. After graduating from Colgate University in 1991, he moved to Washington DC as a financial analyst but never straying far from the restaurant world, still waiting tables and managing a restaurant in Arlington, Virginia. In November of 1992, he moved to Montego Bay, Jamaica to open his Mother’s third gourmet restaurant there. Norma Shirley was touted as “The Julia Child of the Caribbean” by Vogue Magazine and amongst other publications. The restaurant named after his mother, “Norma at the Wharfhouse”, was recognized around the world. The property also had an upscale Bed and Breakfast.
In April of 1994, Delius moved to Miami where he and world acclaimed Chef Cindy Hutson opened their first restaurant, Norma’s on the Beach, which was on Lincoln Road in South Beach, Miami. The team was a force to be reckoned with. Hutson and Shirley were written up in numerous articles as Miami’s new hot spot. 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 the dynamic duo’s current location Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables, Fl.
Since then Delius and Cindy have been the masterminds behind many other successful restaurants. In November 2010 the couple opened up Ortanique Camana Bay, in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. The restaurant’s menu reflects the same global inspirations that created the menu of Ortanique on the Mile. With the added “Caja China” Island Pig Roasts or their fabulous Sunday Brunch, there is always something to keep you coming back for more. Between the traveling between the two restaurants Delius still has time for consulting and private catering.
Delius has recently brought his food and beverage expertise 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. Now, with Cindy, Delius and their team in place, the resort brings another great dining destination to Harbour Island. The Islands will always be something that is very close to Delius’s heart. So when they were asked to be a part of The Dunmore, it was a no brainer.