Rising Star Chef Kurtis Jantz of Trump International Beach Resort Miami - Biography

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

November 2011
Kurtis Jantz has traveled the globe, and doesn’t hesitate to put the flavors of his experiences on the plate at Neomi’s at the Trump International Sonesta Hotel in Miami. Jantz was born in Japan, lived in Germany, and attended culinary school in Johnson County, Kansas. After school he worked in a local restaurant specializing in game, where he had the opportunity to work with exotic meats from around the world. Soon after, Jantz resumed globe-hopping, backpacking around Europe, staging and working in Switzerland, working in Antilles in the Caribbean and finally at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans. Jantz was named executive chef of the Trump International Beach Resort in 2003 and remains their today. Jantz is in charge of the property’s restaurant, beach and pool service, in-room dining, catering, and two lounges, and he brings to this task an incredible level of creativity and, notably, dedication to the newest culinary techniques. He is an avid reader and experimenter, and his menu is a composite of his travels, his technical experiments (drawn from el Bulli, Pierre Gagnaire, Joël Robuchon, and the like), and his ventures in ethnic cuisine.