Jeffrey McInnis was born to either fish or cook, and to this day, he would gladly do either. Born in Niceville, Florida (and yes, that is a real city in the Florida panhandle) in 1978, he was surrounded by the magic of the ocean. He grew up on fishing boats, bringing in only the freshest catch and by 16, he was peeling shrimp, cleaning squid, cutting fish and cooking on the line at The Marina Cafe.
After appearing on the popular Bravo television show, “Top Chef”, Jeff returned to his Miami roots, helming the kitchen at Gigi and then a very successful Southern restaurant on Miami Beach, where he earned himself and the restaurant, three James Beard nominations in two years. In 2013 Jeff decided to take on his next challenge in New York City, where he opened the quaint and much loved Southern restaurant Root & Bone with his partner Janine Booth. This whimsical neighborhood spot in the East village was an instant success, earning awards including ‘The Best Dish of 2014” by Timeout Magazine and the ‘Best Fried Chicken in NYC” by multiple publications.
The pair decided to expand their talents to Puerto Rico, with Roots Coastal Kitchen, before setting their eyes and focus back on their beloved city Miami, FL where they not only expanded their Root & Bone brand the Miami Beach but are bringing only the freshest Florida seafood and genuine Southern hospitality to Miami with their concept, Stiltsville Fish Bar.
Chef Janine Booth was born and raised on the beautiful, big island of Australia; a true culinary melting pot. A place surrounded by oceans; where blue skies and sunshine encourage an outdoor lifestyle whether surfing, fishing, or gathering around the barbeque grilling fresh caught seafood. For Janine, food has always been about bringing people together to celebrate life.
Growing up and living in Australia for most of her life, Janine was exposed to a vast array of flavors and cuisines, with a consistent focus on only the freshest ingredients. Janine’s ongoing fascination with food and culture inspired her to begin culinary classes at a young age, and immediately her creativity, passion and drive for a career in the culinary world was ignited.
Janine traveled through Europe, Asia and eventually landed in Miami, FL in 2010, where she cooked anything from Vietnamese, Northern Thai, Southern, to Asian BBQ in some of Miami’s most renowned local restaurants. In 2013 Booth was scouted for NBC/Bravo’s Emmy award winning television show, Top Chef where she cooked and competed against 18 other chefs in New Orleans. Following Top Chef, Janine moved to New York City where she opened her first restaurant Root & Bone with partner Jeff McInnis. It was here her talents were recognized through many accolades, including both Forbes and Zagat’s 30 Under 30 awards. After years of building Root & Bone into a wildly successful brand, the pair was itching to spend more time in the warm Miami sun where they originally met and expanded the brand to Miami Beach. In 2015 Janine and Jeff then discovered the perfect Sunset Harbor location for their next concept, and began developing Stiltsville Fish bar, the highly anticipated neighborhood restaurant, celebrating quality seafood and southern hospitality, and the restaurant that earned Janine her James Beard Semifinalist nod for Rising Star Chef Of the Year in 2018.