Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club Appoints New Executive Chef and Executive Sous Chef

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Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club is pleased to announce that Gustavo and Maximiliano Vertone will now serve as Executive Chef and Executive Sous Chef respectively. The celebrated Argentinian brothers will be responsible for using their extensive hospitality experience and creativity to create culinary artistry and enhance the Joia Beach guest experience by creating an exciting and impressive new menu.

Joia Beach is a coveted hotspot and vibrant day and night dining destination near downtown Miami in a hidden enclave on Watson Island that offers the ultimate spot for leisure and indulgence. As the newly appointed Executive Chef, Gustavo Vertone will lead the culinary team, driving the day-to-day running of the kitchen and menu creations.

Chef Gustavo is already adding his signature touch to lunch and dinner at Joia Beach. His recent additions include mushroom risotto with Acquerello organic rice, shiitake, shimeji, crimini, porcini, oyster mushrooms and shaved black burgundy truffles; Crispy lobster tails with spicy aioli, truffle pide and lemon; Charcoal rack of lamb served with farro; Wood-Fired Wagyu Beef Tomahawk with 32-ounce tomahawk, shishito peppers and roasted peppers; and weekly specials like whole salt-crusted branzino flambéed at the table.

Born and raised in Argentina, Gustavo Vertone was the child of “food-loving” parents whose great-grandmother was a cooking teacher. Surrounded by food culture from an early age, it was a natural progression for Vertone to enroll in Argentina’s largest culinary school, the Gato Dumas Institute in Buenos Aires, founded by and named after one of its most renowned chefs.

Vertone is no stranger to high-end cuisine or the city of Miami. After graduating in 2000, Vertone was given the opportunity to relocate to the Magic City, first working as a chef de partie at the Nobu and later as part of the opening team for Scarpetta at The Fontainebleau Hotel. He then had the opportunity to work at Baoli Cannes in the south of France, and in 2009 used his experience of Asian, Latin American and European influences to found Baoli Miami as its first Executive Chef. In this function he created the menu, designed dishes and trained new staff. From there, Vertone grew with Mr Hospitality Miami Management Group leading the culinary vision for Marion and El Tucan’s opening in 2016. Vertone is known for using fresh, seasonal ingredients and new and exciting flavors to create unique dining experiences for celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith.

Alongside Executive Chef Gustavo Vertone, his brother Maximiliano Vertone will serve as Executive Sous Chef of Joia Beach. With over 20 years of culinary experience, Vertone is familiar with many different styles of cuisine including Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian fusion), Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine. Vertone has built his career in the hospitality industry over the last two decades by following his passion for food, people and the best way to bring both together in an ideal environment. Vertone started out as sous chef at Sushi Samba for three years and then worked as chef de cuisine at Nobu Miami. He later joined the Mr Hospitality group where he worked as Executive Chef for Baoli Miami, Marion Miami and El Tucan, developing innovative menus and leading a team of 30 chefs. As the new Executive Sous Chef of Joia Beach Restaurant and Beach Club, Vertone will use his expertise in various culinary fusions to enhance the beach restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus with inspiration and techniques from Asian, Mediterranean and South American regions.

Joia Beach is open for lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 11pm; Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for happy hour and dinner; and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Walk-ins are subject to availability for the Beach Lounge’s Paradise Social Happy Hour, available Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Located on Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132. For reservations call 305-400-7280 or visit www.joiabeachmiami.com. Follow @JoiaBeach on Instagram for all updates.

About Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club

Joia Beach Restaurant & Beach Club is a vibrant day and night oasis near downtown Miami in a hidden enclave on Watson Island. Serving as both a restaurant and a beach club, Joia Beach is the only private beachfront location in Miami where guests can dine with their toes in the sand, and offers a European-inspired menu made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Classic techniques meet modern Miami influences on Joia Beach’s menu. On weekends, Joia Beach offers a relaxed lounge experience during the day and transforms into a European-inspired open-air lounge after sunset. Joia Beach is open for lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 11pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for dinner; and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Seating in the restaurant by reservation only. Located on Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132. For reservations call 305-400-7280 or visit www.joiabeachmiami.com. Follow @JoiaBeach on Instagram and @JoiaBeachMiami on Facebook.

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