An international MasterChef Brazil judge, Henrique Fogaça, is looking to open his first U.S. restaurant in Miami sometime in 2018, the Real Deal reports.
Fogaça has been in town checking out spaces in Wynwood and Miami Beach neighborhoods, with brokers Silvia Coltrane and Patricia Almedia Prado. However a not-yet-built Surfside building called Ocean Terrace is leading the pack to house the restaurant.
In true celeb chef fashion, Fogaça is documenting the entire process for his reality TV show for Discovery Channel Brazil called "200 Graus," which means "200 Degrees." It’s just one of the three shows he has in production right now.
The Sao Paulo based chef, who owns four restaurants in his native country, plans to "spend up to $4 million on the restaurant, and duplicate what the MasterChef has done in Brazil with more of an emphasis on seafood."
But while we wait for his official restaurant to debut, Fogaça has "already committed to designing the menu at Coltrane’s newly opened Residence Inn by Marriott in Surfside," which is owned by the same property Ocean Terrace, we’re told. He’s also contemplating bringing his Brazilian brewed beer here to the states. Stay tuned for more updates.