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Following his recent acquisition of the former NeMesis Urban Bistro, David Foulquier has appointed Chef Nicole Votano, former right-hand to Chef Michelle Bernstein, as Executive Chef  at Fooq’s, in Downtown Miami’s up-and-coming Arts & Entertainment District.

Votano will add her signature, home-cooked style to the innovative and flavorful dishes at Fooq’s, a farm-to-kitchen concept which is the culmination of both Foulquier’s and Votano’s travels around the world.  “Our shared passion for food has allowed us to feed off of each other’s culinary inspirations, offering a canvas to lay out our ever-evolving ideas,” said David Foulquier.

Best known for her home-style cooking at Michelle Bernstein’s Design District restaurant staple Crumb on Parchment, Chef Votano, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, has held positions at Kimpton Group’s French brasserie Grand Café, Bradley Ogden’s restaurant One Market, The Four Seasons Hotel and the Biltmore Hotel’s Fontana Restaurant. As Michelle Bernstein’s Executive Catering Chef, Votano also played a key role in her infamous pop-up dinners.

Fooq’s will be open to the public in early 2015, with a full lunch and dinner menu . 1035 N. Miami Ave. (Downtown Miami) next door to The Corner Bar. www.fooqsmiami.com