about us

Chima Steakhouse, named after chimarrao, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality and friendship-certainly lives up to its name.

Legend has it that, in South Brazil traditional gauchos (cowboys) would consume a diet that consisted almost entirely of beef. The meat was seasoned, placed on skewers, and slow cooked over a wood burning flame. Historically, gauchos were known for their generosity and hospitality.

The first Chima restaurant originated in Uberlandia, Brazil located in the state of Minas Gerais. In 2003, the Silva family introduced a new style of dining and superior service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Chima combined traditional Brazilian rodizio and excellent service with an elegant setting.

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Chima Chef

Corporate Chef

Adelaide is an economist, journalist, author of books on gastronomy, food critic, radio, and television hostess. She hosted the “Brazil Sensational” TV Series for Discovery World, also cooking shows for FOX International. Fluent in six languages, she created the Foodtranslator app for iOS, with 9000 food and wine-related terms; author of the books NY Gourmet Guide (Guia Gourmet de Nova York) and Gourmet’s kitchen (O Gourmet na Cozinha).

Since 2020, Chima relies on the talent of Chef Adelaide Engler to take the tradition of quality and innovation of its restaurants to a new level. Passionate about gastronomy, Adelaide has a deep knowledge of Brazilian cuisine and has made her international career in several countries in Europe and the United States. She studied and worked in the best schools and starred restaurants such as Institut Paul Bocuse (France); École Ritz Escoffier (France); Cucina al Focolare (Italy); Wine and Spirit Education Trust (London, UK); Restaurant Arpége, Chef Alain Passard (Paris, France) 3 stars Michelin; El Celler de Can Rocca, Chef Joan Rocca (Spain) Best Chef and Best Restaurant on “World’s 50 best”; Cipriani Copacabana Palace, Chef Francesco Carli (Rio – Brazil).

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