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EatBeat: Chef Dean Max Opens 3800 Ocean in Singer Island’s Resort

January 25th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Chef Dean Max at 3800 Ocean Singer Island /photo by Jan Norris

Chef Dean Max, noted for his seafood restaurant 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, has taken over the former Solu in The Resort at Singer Island to open 3800 Ocean. The Resort is now managed by the Marriott Corp., the chain behind the Harbor Beach Marriott, home of 3030 Ocean.

“There will be a lot of the same things on the menu, and right now, I’m working with the staff to get them used to my style. I brought a lot of my staff from Fort Lauderdale here to get things moving,” Max said.

The chef, who also has restaurants in the Cayman Islands and Cleveland, Ohio, is known for using sustainable products in his restaurants and sourcing from local farms and ranches when possible.

He’s also the American Seafood Challenge champion, and surfer and a diver.

Small-farm friendly

Max is known for sourcing ingredients from local and national small farms and ranches, and working with area fishermen to get fresh products.

He’s a champion supporter of Swank Farms in Loxahatchee, a farm producing organically grown vegetables and lettuces. He uses Cape Canaveral white and rock shrimp and gets pink shrimp from Key West fishermen.

“Right now, fresh fish is tricky because a lot of the fishermen took the holiday off. There was a back-up in supply and so we’ve had to use other fish from outside our normal sources. There’s a limited amount to go around,” he said.

Oceanfront dining room

Chef Dean Max during full moon over patio at 3080 Ocean /photo by Jan Norris

Max had a huge column removed from the dining room to open it up to the ocean view. “I wanted to take them all out, but I couldn’t,” he said of the columns. But the room has been opened with other teardowns and he will bring in art and sculpture to bring an ocean feel to the teak-floored room. An outdoor patio is available for diners and late-night dining as well.

Stools at the kitchen allow diners to watch the chefs in action.

“I’m looking forward to this and being up here. I used to come up here when I was a kid —  I remember the Sailfish Marina as a shack. It’s a great area; I almost bought a house over there on the other side of the bridge.”

3800 Ocean is open for dinner nightly.

3800 Ocean

  • In the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort and Spa
  • 3800 N. Ocean Blvd., Singer Island, Riviera Beach
  • (561) 340-1795

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Tery Sullivan // Apr 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Myself and Leo Arbrust have been asking the chefs about joining us in a chef competion at Trump Internationl. Leo dropped off all the information and we just need a yes or a not from the chef. The event is April 14th. It’s our only fundraiser of the year and all proceed go directly to helping foster care children.

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