Culinary Director, founder and chef Jose Icardi’s impressive resume

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Written By Morgan Overholt

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Chef Icardi's Katsuya was located in Brickell, Miami, but closed in 2020 (photo by Morgan Overholt/

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How Miami’s Jose Icardi made his stamp on the Florida foodie scene

Jose Icardi is a man of many talents.

As a competent chef and entrepreneur, he’s had a hand in both managing and cheffing at a plethora of local restaurants over the years.

And if you haven’t heard of Icardi before, it’s likely you’ve at least heard of – or dined at – one or more of his restaurants.

He was the Executive Chef at Diez y Seis on South Beach, the Chef de Cuisine at Makoto in Miami, the Executive Sous Chef at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, the Executive Chef at Katsuya in Brickell and the Executive Chef at Leynia at the Delano Hotel on Miami Beach.

He’s also the founder of JI Food Group.

Today, Icardi is the Culinary Director of Makoto Think Food Group where he oversees six restaurants in locations across the globe.

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Morgan Overholt

Morgan is the founder Morgan Media LLC, a graphic design agency and the co-founder of LLC – a media company that specializes in regional travel sites.