Fort Lauderdale

January 2, 2011

Daniel Ramos, a great chef in the spotlight!

The South Florida Food and Wine Great Food and Wine Bloggers in the Spotlight Sunday interview has been replaced with a new Spotlight series for 2011. Same time, same day, new faces and new questions.

Every Sunday morning we’re asking 10 questions of chefs, vintners, restaurant owners, winemakers and hoteliers. This series promises to be a deliciously interesting read…and we start the series with Executive Chef Daniel Ramos of Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale.

South Florida Food and Wine: Where do you get your culinary inspiration?
Daniel Ramos: My culinary inspiration comes from ingredients. As the seasons change, the ingredients change, and I am constantly getting inspired — from a thought, a scent, a memory. I am always thinking of new dishes.

South Florida Food and Wine:What is your favorite item on your menu?
Daniel Ramos: My favorite items, on the Market 17 menu, are the vegetable risotto and the warm vegetable salad, they are so flavorful and so colorful.

South Florida Food and Wine: Are there any foods you don’t like to eat? If so what are they?
Daniel Ramos: There is nothing that I wouldn’t try. There’s nothing out there that I do not like.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite dish to make at home?
Daniel Ramos: My favorite dish to make, at home, is simple, easy pan-seared oven-roasted chicken.

South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Daniel Ramos: My meal would be a traditional Spanish meal of rice, beans, roasted pork, and plantains.

South Florida Food and Wine: Who is the one person you would love to cook with and why?
Daniel Ramos: I like cooking with my wife — she’s a foodie. She loves to eat, and I love to cook, so it is the perfect match.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one guilty pleasure food?
Daniel Ramos: Milk and cookies — especially, chocolate chip cookies.

South Florida Food and Wine: What was the last restaurant you ate at?
Daniel Ramos: Brule Bistro in Delray Beach. I really enjoy Suzanne’s food — it is always well-seasoned and perfectly prepared.

South Florida Food and Wine: Who would you most like to cook for? And why?
Daniel Ramos: I love to cook for friends and family — this is extremely gratifying for me.

South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your day off, what do you do for fun?
Daniel Ramos: I enjoy sitting down and reading books about food, wine, food politics, and biographies of people in the industry.

Market 17 1850 SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954.835.5507



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