Dean Max

DJM Restaurants President

Ft Lauderdale, FL

Chef Dean Max is the president of DJM restaurants, a company that specializes in restaurant concept development and ongoing management, and has been an established leader in the culinary world for many years now.

He has celebrated the launch of numerous destination restaurants, starting in 1999 with his flagship, 3030 Ocean created in the Harbor Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The company has launched and operated farm to table concepts in many hotel brands such as Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Renaissance hotels as well as a variety of independent restaurants and modern fast casuals. Each location has seen great success with many awards for food and beverage excellence. Currently the company operates the Brasserie complex in Grand Cayman consisting of an up scale restaurant, market, juice bar, BBQ concept and event space. In addition, runs the namesake restaurant James Republic in California and multiple concepts such as Asador and Cultivar in Texas and OKC. Most recently the company has worked on reinventing the food and beverage program at Pink Sands Resort in Harbor Island Bahamas. DJM has created brands like Latitude 41, AMP 150, Parallel Post, Watertable, and reinvented the Cheeca Lodge Resort in Islamorada. The restaurants are all based around farm to table concepts and are deeply involved in grass roots marketing programs that develop them as destination locations. Chef Max has a laundry list of accomplishments from multiple James Beard nominations for Best Chef, crowned King of American Seafood in 2010, wrote an amazing seafood cookbook in 2006 called “A Life by the Sea, and holds many restaurant accolades from multiple properties.