James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finalist Chef Janine Booth was born and raised on the beautiful, island continent of Australia. A place where blue skies and sunshine encourage family and friends to gather around the backyard barbeque – everyone taking part in grilling and preparing farm-fresh salads. Living in a culinary melting pot for most of her life, Janine was exposed to a vast array of flavors and cuisines and her ongoing fascination inspired her to begin cooking classes at a young age and immediately her passion, drive and creativity was ignited.
In 2006 Janine took an eight-month culinary sabbatical, where she travelled
extensively through Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Germany, Monaco, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia, Thailand & Indonesia, exploring and gaining incredible knowledge on international flavors. Janine went on to study her craft of culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami. Following culinary school, she kicked off her professional career at Gigi’s restaurant in Miami under Executive Chef Jeff McInnis. Janine then landed at the acclaimed Yardbird Southern Table and Bar of Miami Beach in 2011, once again working under the tutelage of McInnis where she fell in love with the cuisine & hospitality of the South. Janine then returned to a cuisine very close to her heart as she became the opening Sous Chef of Khong River House. Within the opening three months the restaurant was nominated for a James Beard award for ‘Best New Restaurant’ serving traditional Northern Thai food.
In 2013 Janine appeared on NBC/Bravo’s Emmy award winning television show, “Top Chef,” cooking and competing in New Orleans, as well as many episodes of the Emmy nominated show “Last Chance Kitchen”. Since settling between Miami and NYC, Janine has been showing New Yorkers a taste of southern hospitality at Root & Bone with her partner, Chef Jeff McInnis. Root & Bone has received much accreditation for celebrating elevated Southern fare, serving up some of the best fried chicken in town.
In 2017 the pair opened a second Root & Bone location in Miami Beach as well as another Miami concept, Stiltsville Fish Bar. Planted in the heart of Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach the concept focuses on Florida seafood, and will eventually provide a rooftop deck for guests to eat, drink and watch the beautiful sunset over Biscayne Bay. This is where Janine received her James Beard Foundation Award Semi Finalist nod for Rising Star Chef of the Year.
Janine has since appeared on a number of TV networks including NBC’s Today Show, Chopped, FOX & CBS among others.
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