Kitchen changes at Miami Beach restaurants The Dutch and Essensia

Conor Hanlon, Julie Frans, Venoy Rogers III

Some kitchen changes of note at two Miami Beach hotel restaurants: 

Venoy Rogers III is the new executive chef of Essensia, located at The Palms Hotel & Spa at 3025 Collins Ave. Taking over the position recently vacated by chef Julie Frans, Rogers will also oversee other food-and-beverage outlets at the Palms and its sister property, Circa 39 Hotel.

Rogers, a 2006 graduate of the Culinary Institute of Platt College, previously cooked at the W Hotel in San Diego and was featured on a 2013 episode of Food Network’s Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell. He’s presenting a Miami Spice menu at Essensia through September that features several vegan and vegetarian options showcased in his “new American fusion” style.  

Adonay Tafur is the new chef de cuisine of The Dutch, located at the W Hotel at 2201 Collins Ave. He takes over for Conor Hanlon, who announced his departure this week after four years as the right hand of chef Andrew Carmellini at the New York restaurateur’s Miami Beach outpost. 

Tafur was executive sous chef at The Dutch and previously sous chef at Alfred Portale’s Gotham Bar and Grill in New York. Another Dutch sous chef, Levi Raines, left recently and is now working for former Scarpetta Miami Beach chef and Top Chef favorite Nina Compton at her new Compère Lapin in New Orleans. The Dutch’s acclaimed executive pastry chef, Josh Gripper, remains in the kitchen here with Tafur. The Dutch also is participating in Miami Spice.