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John Isner

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Miami Beach before rejoining Carmellini at The Dutch's Miami outpost at the W, which opened in 2011. Rave reviews for his work in pastry followed as did an ardent following. While he continued to wow patrons with desserts, Chef Gripper's curiosity about the savory side of cooking piqued and he began to work more in that vein, becoming co-chef with then Chef de Cuisine Adonay Tafur. In that role he became increasingly more involved in all aspects of the hotel, and The Dutch's food operations, while continuing to oversee The Dutch's pastry program. Now, in his new appointment as Executive Chef, which began in September 2018, he is responsible for managing all culinary operations including the execution of menus and catering for banquet functions, in-room dining and the resort's venues: WET bar & grill, Beach Cabanas, Living Room, The Dutch and Irma's. Chef Gripper's signature style comprises a sophisticated, yet classic approach to comfort food with a taste of South Florida and the Caribbean. He is a regular participant in some of the most popular gastronomic events in the country, including the New York Wine & Food Festival, Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and Taste of the Nation South Florida, among others. ML The Dutch serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It is located at 2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences on Miami Beach. For more info, call 305-938-3111 or visit

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