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Janine Booth & Jeff McInnis

For Chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis, food has always been about bringing people together to celebrate life. No matter the cuisine, the duo are known for their culinary execution and menus filled with comfort foods from all backgrounds. After cooking together for 15 years, they are excited to bring their signature made-from-scratch approach to Mi’talia Kitchen + Bar where the menu showcases a modern interpretation of Northern and Southern Italian specialties.

Both chefs have toured Italy in their global travels, exploring the whole country extensively. There, they fell in love with the culture, beauty, and the incredible bounty of Italy’s breathtaking landscapes. From the comfort foods of the northern regions to the seaside cuisine in the south, Italy has continued to be a source of culinary inspiration throughout the years.

Chef Janine Booth was born and raised in the beautiful melting pot of Australia before leaving to travel through Europe and Asia. She eventually landed in Miami, FL, where she has cooked everything from Vietnamese and Northern Thai to Southern food in some of the city’s most renowned restaurants. In 2013, Booth was scouted for Bravo’s Emmy award-winning television show Top Chef, where she cooked and competed against 18 other chefs in New Orleans, LA.

Chef Jeffrey McInnis grew up in Niceville, FL surrounded by the ocean where he spent much of his youth on fishing boats. He began his culinary career at 16, before attending Johnson & Wales University and honing his take on southern cuisine. After appearing on the popular Bravo television show Top Chef, Jeff returned to his Florida roots helming the kitchen at Gigi in Miami. After leaving Gigi, he then earned three James Beard nominations in two years cooking southern food in Miami Beach.