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Steve Haas, Executive Director, Centerplate at the Miami Beach Convention Center
Preeminent restaurateur, entrepreneur, and culinary creator, Steve Haas is a key visionary in the development of Miami’s vibrant food tourism community. Haas enjoys a storied history at some of South Florida’s finest dining establishments. He founded City Hall the Restaurant, located in the heart of Miami’s performing arts district and was co-owner and operating partner for Soyka Restaurant by News Café Corp. Haas was also the General Manager for China Grill, Tuscan Steak, Red Square, Delano and Social at the Sagamore Hotel. His stellar career in restaurant management also includes positions at The Forge and Joe’s Stone Crab, and Haas has also opened restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, London and Mexico. Steve Haas’ shrewd eye for fine dining re-imagines traditional convention center cuisine into an unforgettable and delectable experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Executive Chef Ismael LaSalle, Centerplate at the Miami Beach Convention Center
Executive Chef Ismael LaSalle leads the expert kitchen brigade at the Miami Beach Convention Center, bringing more than 15 years of progressive culinary creation to the facility. Chef LaSalle settled in Miami as a Sous Chef for Boston Culinary Group at the Hard Rock Stadium. His high-volume, high-end catering accomplishments include three Superbowls, a World Series, breakfast, lunch and dinner for 9,000 technology developers at Ellucian Live, and an elegant 500-person dinner for the Prince of Monaco. Chef LaSalle has also serviced top celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and Miami’s own hip-hop superstar Pitbull. Chef LaSalle brings his intense passion for Latin Caribbean cuisine, and his fondness for delectable pastries and desserts, to the Centerplate team at the MBCC.