It’s no secret: If you want to be guaranteed a fabulous meal in a gorgeous setting with the perfect atmosphere, you can’t miss at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Miami.

The man behind the “fabulous meal” portion of that equation is Executive Chef Stanley Miller, who from a young age knew he had found his passion bringing quality and love to the art of cooking. Miller took some time to share what he loves about working on the Island Paradise and how he aims to make every dish he prepares something to remember.

Name: Stanley Miller

Current job: Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne Miami

Question: Where were you born?

Answer: North West Ohio

Q: Where do you live now?

A: Coral Gables

Q: How did you get your start in the culinary industry?

A: Chef Stanley was born and raised in a rural community in the northwestern area of Ohio and started his journey as a culinarian at only 13 years of age.  His family owned a butcher shop, and his father arranged an apprenticeship. By age 16, he was a talented butcher and in fact, was running the store as though it were his own.  This experience led him to begin his studies in high school through the home economics program. His early work won him numerous grand prizes and best of show awards at both local fairs and state competitions. Realizing his work in the kitchen brought him both success and joy, he decided to pursue a career in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina.

Q: What is your “secret to success?”

A” Quality, detail and perfection are at the core of my belief system, along with an intense passion and drive for what I do.  I always use the best quality ingredients to produce the best product.  But above all, the main ingredient I use in my cooking is love. I continually refine my skills and talents, and I challenge myself daily. I love what I do, and it shows in everything I produce.

Q: What’s your proudest moment in your career?

A: When I became an executive chef for The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

Q: What do you love most about your career?

A: All the friends, good times and memories created along the way.

Q: If you had to make a recipe or dish for yourself, what would be your favorite recipe?

A: Perfectly roasted whole chicken with crispy fries and mixed greens.

Q: What is your favorite junk food?

A: Soft serve ice cream.

Q: Is there any food you absolutely don’t like?

­­­­­A: Bad food!

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: Go to the gym, play golf, ride my motorcycle, spa day.

Q: What’s your favorite part about working in Key Biscayne?                                                                 

A: The sunrise on my drive in and sunset on my way home.

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?

A: I love to get manicures and pedicures.

Q: What’s your advice for someone just starting in your profession?

A: There is a difference between cooking for fun and cooking for a living. Make sure this is something you are passionate about. With a strong heart and mind you can achieve anything. Live your dreams, don’t follow them.