To coincide with the official re-opening of the US embassy in Havana on Friday, August 14, Miami will be sizzling with a unique culinary exchange and cultural engagement.  

From August 10 through August 14, the third installment of its Cuba Entrepreneurial Exchange Program, The Cuba Study Group has invited four of Cuba’s Top Chefs for a week of exchanges with Miami-based chefs during which each Cuban chef will spend a day at a different restaurant to work alongside their hosts.

The week culminates on Friday, August 14 with a demo for MDC Miami Culinary Institute students at 10 a.m. and with a stellar interactive culinary fundraiser at Tuyo restaurant where Chefs participating in the exchange and their Miami-based hosts will whip up exciting dishes for one-hundred guests. Cost: $150. Proceeds will support the Cuba Study Group’s Entrepreneurial Exchange Program. This exchange is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The dinner limited to 100 guests takes place at Tuyo, Downtown Miami, on Friday, August 14, at 7 p.m.  To purchase tickets and RSVP log on to:

Among the Cuban delegation: Chef Luis Alberto Alfonso Pérez of El Gringo Viejo; Chef Michael Alejandro Calvo Oviedo of Atelier; Chef Yamilet Magariño Andux of Andux; and Chef Gilberto Smith Álvarez of Pizzanella.

The Miami-based chefs are: Executive Chef Wolfgang Birk of Area 31; Chef Bernie Matz of Bodega; Chef Alberto Cabrera of Bread and Butter; Chef Santiago Alvarez of Cantina la 20; Chef Michelle Bernstein of Seagrape and Crumb; Chef Douglas Rodriguez of De Rodriguez Catering ; Chef Tomas Prado of Golden Fig; Chef Victor Santos of Tuyo; Chef Miguel Aguilar of Wynwood Kitchen and Bar; Chef Steve Hosang of Sushi Maki