Chef Jeremy Ford certainly had the résumé to do big things, considering he can name Jean-Georges Vongerichten as a mentor and took home the top spot on Top Chef. At his fine-dining restaurant on Miami Beach, Ford just simply exceeded those expectations. His kitchen puts out stunning dishes that also happen to be equally tasty. Better yet, while much of fine dining feels like visiting a museum, Stubborn Seed is lively and downright fun, a vibrant bar and restaurant experience. Go at the least for the multi-course chef tasting menus that show Ford is among the finest talent in the business.