Rusty Pelican
Rusty Pelican

Team

Jim Pastor

Chef
Born in the Big Apple and now making a splash in the Big Orange, Chef Jim Pastor was destined to be in the kitchen. Raised by Costa Rican parents, whose love of food and natural ingredients were instilled in Chef Jim at an early age.

It was in the West Coast of Florida that Chef Pastor found his calling, the abundance of local produce and learning the recipes passed down through generations of his family, Jim began to indulge in what would become his life’s passion.

Chef Jim enrolled in the University of Johnson & Wales in both Rhode Island and Miami so he could see the different seasonal produce and cultural diversity that makes up the very fabric of American Cuisine, after successfully completing his course and obtaining his degree, Jim embarked on his career in the auspicious Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne.

Chef Jim was part of the team that was awarded the AAA 5 Diamond Award, one of only four hotels in Miami with that distinction, Jim then became part of the award winning team at ‘Atrio’ in the Conrad Miami, where the fusion of Latin and Asian flavors won distinction of being the ‘Best Fusion Restaurant’ and ’Best Pan Asian Restaurant’ in the Miami New Times for two consecutive years.

To continue growing his career Jim switched coasts to become the Sous Chef at the Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach, California. There, Jim assisted in creating new menus, oversaw the hotels signature restaurant and became more involved with the catering aspects of a hotel.

This experience would prove vital as Jim was asked to return to Florida to open up the W South Beach as it’s Banquet Chef. This $28m F&B operation earned the accolade of being in the top 5 banquet departments in the whole of the Starwood North American properties. Jim also branched out in overseeing the award winning Solea restaurant and covering the Executive Chef during his absence.

Jim returned to Key Biscayne, the place where he began his career at the Ritz Carlton for him to embark on the most challenging position of his career to date. The Rusty Pelican, which after its renovations positioned him as Executive Chef for this iconic Miami restaurant. Through out the restaurant Jim is know as a strong leader and fun loving person, this in turn translates to his food. He where’s his heart on his sleeve and it shows in his cuisine. When he describes the food he has created he calls it comfort food with a twist, and wants to make the restaurant into the best seafood spot in Miami.

3201 Rickenbacker Cwy

Key Biscayne, FL 33149

rustypelicanmiami@srcmail.com 

PH: 305.361.3818

About Specialty Restaurants Corporation (SRC)

SRC, founded in 1958 by World War II Army Aircorp veteran, David C. Tallichet Jr., has been an industry leader for more than 50 years with a portfolio of 21 award-winning restaurants throughout the United States, including distinguished restaurants such as Orange Hill in Orange County, Castaway in Burbank, Proud Bird in Los Angeles, Rusty Pelican in Miami, Florida, Whiskey Joes in Tampa, Florida and countless others. All of SRC’s restaurants are in beautifully appointed locations that offer breathtaking panoramic views of city skylines, waterfronts or airports. Renowned for their extensive special events capabilities, the SRC portfolio also includes Specialty Events and SRC Event Group featuring on and off-site event production, coordination and design services. Specialty Events is a full-service event planning service for the SRC restaurants providing flawless, unforgettable celebrations from an intimate casual dinner for two to a corporate retreat or an elegant dream wedding. For more information visit, www.specialtyrestaurants.com or www.specialtyevents.com

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RESTAURANT HOURS

Sunday - Thursday:
Dining Room 11am - 11pm
Bar 11am - 12am

Friday - Saturday:
Dining Room 11am - 12am
Bar 11am - 1am

Valet Service only $6

The Rusty Pelican will be CLOSED until Wednesday, September 13th. Thank you for your patronage.

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