Ex-China Grill, Lantao Kitchen chef Ferdinand Ortiz Jr. named Mister Collins' new Executive Chef


An alum of kitchens at China Grill and more recently Lantao Kitchen, Chef Ferdinand Ortiz has been tapped as executive chef of Mister Collins at the swanky ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. Ortiz will oversee the hotel’s food & beverage operations in addition to the the Pool Bar & Grill and room service.  “I like to bring bright flavors and unexpected ingredients to the plate, with impeccable technique,” says Ortiz.  As for his plans for the menu, Ortiz says “I’ve been working diligently on signature menu items exclusive to Mister Collins.  A Petite Veal Porterhouse, Chorizo-Vegetable Flan and Faux Apple souffle are a small taste of some new dishes we are sure will impress our diners.” According to our sources, Ortiz’s fans at the restaurant include recent hotel guests Simon Cowell and baby Mama Lauren Silverman, who were on the receiving end of Ortiz’s off the menu dulce de leche crème and spiced orange guava jam.  “VIPs at the resort get this as a turndown with brie and crackers, but you can actually get them at the restaurant if you ask nicely. They will sell them to you, they just don’t advertise it,” says an insider.