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Men of the Moment 2018

By Rebecca Wallwork

Photography by Nick Garcia


Meet five forward-thinking individuals shaping Miami’s future and setting the stage for personal and professional triumph in 2018 and beyond.

The first U.S. location of Chotto Matte, Zdesar’s very popular Japanese-Peruvian restaurant from London, opens in Miami Beach this month.

Plans for Chotto Matte restaurants in Toronto, Boston and Mykonos are currently underway.

Australian-born Kurt Zdesar has cultivated a lucrative culinary career in London launching various new restaurants, including Chotto Matte, which opened in Soho in 2013. Zdesar thought his first port of call in America would be someplace west—Santa Monica or Malibu perhaps—but an unexpected business meeting here a couple of years ago planted the seed for the opening of his first international outlet in Miami instead. The fun, lively Nikkei cuisine concept that proved to be such a hit in London “fits Miami really well,” says Zdesar. Chotto Matte (at 1666 Lenox Avenue in South Beach) will serve lunch, happy hour and dinner, and feature a robata grill counter, sushi counter and cocktail bar, all in a dramatic setting. Open-air dining takes place beneath lush hanging gardens, and a floating ceiling and retractable roof solidify the eatery’s hip factor. “Dining out is elevated in Miami because of the weather,” says Zdesar, who is excited about exploring his new city. “I like the experimental food scene I’ve found here. I can’t wait to experience and be part of all of this vibrancy.”