In 1994 award-winning chef Cindy Hutson met her life partner, Delius Shirley. With an inherit passion for cooking, but no formal training and three kids to care for, Hutson was hesitant to open her first restaurant venture. Hutson’s culinary style, which was heavily influenced by her love for food all things food, is inspired by “Cuisine of the Sun,” a self-coined approach that means to create without limits and cook everything under the sun.
Against the odds and with the extra support of Shirley, Hutson took the leap of faith and that same year opened Norma’s on the Beach. Rave reviews touted Hutson’s cuisine as “the best Caribbean restaurant in South Florida” and national support from USA Today, The New York Times, London Times and Chicago Tribune, Chef Magazine and also Eater who named Hutson “Chef of the Year” (2012) helped set the pace for what would develop into a thriving culinary future.
More than 20 years later the dynamic duo has built a culinary empire with the successful opening- and operation of- more than eight award-winning concepts. Huston’s culinary approach has been long rooted in the support of utilizing what is local and indigenous to the land, which can be seen in her many regionally-inspired Caribbean concepts.