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Chef Niven Takes Over

May 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Meet Chef Niven Patel, the new head Chef for the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada. Formerly of Michaels in Miami, Cheeca is surely thrilled to welcome Patel, his culinary heritage and the fruits of his own labour of love - vegetables from his 2 acre home farm in the Redlands, aka "Rancho Patel." 

I was warmly welcomed by Chef Patel to take some portraits of him in his home garden for Cheeca PR, and this "garden" was more beautiful and elaborate than I had even imagined. His home garden lovingly built by the hands of Patel and his cooks a couple of years ago, now home to some rare types of carrots, peppers, many variations of tomatoes, stevia, peas, and so much more its hard to recall them all. The best part was that - A. I got to harvest a french carrot right out of the dirt and B. he let me take it home, along with the bunch of fresh veggies you see in the picture, yummy. 
 
So visit Chef Patel at Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge or look for Patel’s own restaurant soon to come and enjoy his masterful culinary creations which could possibly include some fresh veggies from this secret and unexpected gem in Homestead.
 
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