Rising Star Chef Frank Randazzo of The Water Club (Now Closed) - Biography

Miami, Florida

November 2011

Frank Randazzo began his restaurant career at age 16 at Forest Inn, a fine-dining Italian eatery in his native Staten Island, New York. What started as a job became a passion and soon Randazzo entered Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, where he earned his culinary arts degree.

Randazzo’s training led him to Boston where he worked in the kitchen of the The Ritz-Carlton in Back Bay and then at Providence’s 3 Steeple Street. He then moved to New York where he honed his skills at some of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants including Aquavit, Arizona 206 and Tribeca Grill – where he met his future wife and partner, Chef Andrea Curto. Randazzo was then offered the executive chef position at The Heights in Coral Gables, Florida, where he and Curto once again crossed paths. While there, he earned an “Exceptional” rating from The Miami Herald, was called “Best of the Brightest” by South Florida Magazine and “Best New Restaurant” by Miami New Times. Randazzo’s next move was to The Gaucho Room, a South American grill at the Loews Miami Beach, which earned a “Best Steak House” nod from Miami New Times.

In June 2003, Randazzo finally accomplished his long time goal by opening his own restaurant, Talula, with wife/Chef Andrea Curto. In addition to his work in the kitchen, Randazzo oversees day-to-day operations at Talula.