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Chef Philippe Ruiz,  a two-time James Beard nominee for best chef in the South opens his own cafe bistro in Miami.

Chef Ruiz began his career in Miami as the Executive Chef for Palme d'Or, The Biltmore Hotel's signature French restaurant in 1999 where he achieved the highest accolades. After 20 years of working in someone else's kitchen, Chef Ruiz decided to open Phil's Cafe Bistro.

We invite you to come in, taste a  blending of classic and modern American cuisine with European approach.



Early Years

Ruiz began his culinary training at the age of 14 at the Hotel School in Bonneville, France. There, Ruiz earned such triumphant certificates of accomplishment as the Yves Thuries Trophée and La Poularde d'Or from the illustrious Master Chef Georges Blanc, who recognized Ruiz as one of France's foremost young culinary prodigies.

Ruiz went on to build his professional repertoire with stints at Two-Michelin-Star Château de Divonne in Divonne-les-Bains, France; at Two-Michelin-Star Le Chat Botté at the Hôtel Beau Rivage in Geneva, Switzerland; and at Le Vieux Moulin, a Two-Michelin-Star property, also in Geneva. Ruiz’s talent took him overseas to the Caribbean, where he was Chef de Cuisine in St. Martin’s renowned La Samanna resort prior to joining the Biltmore in 1999.


• 4 Star Award by the Mobil Travel Guide | 2000-2010
• AAA 4 Star Diamond Award | 2000-2010
• James Beard Foundation | Best Chef South nominee in 2009 and 2010
• Top Rating by Zagat Survey| 2006-2011
• Golden Spoon for 2000 to 2008 | Florida Trend Magazine
• Honored as Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole by the French Government in 2006
• Guest Chef at the James Beard Foundation | February 2002.
• Received Second Place for Pastry Competition managed by “Yves Thuries” 1994
• Received Honorable Mention at the contest
“La Poularde D’or” judged by Mr. George Blanc in Vonnas, France 1988.