Michaels Genuine


Miami-based chef and restaurateur Michael Schwartz (49) shares his passion for where food comes from at The Genuine Hospitality Group. Since his flagship, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, first opened in Miami’s Design District in 2007, diners have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that Schwartz does best – homemade and straightforward, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

Honored with the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South in 2010, Schwartz is recognized by his peers and the diners that flock to his restaurants for his commitment to community and responsible, seasonal food sourcing. According to the chef, the secret to good food is… good food. Menus change daily because they start with what’s in season and arriving on the doorstep from nearby farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. From there, it’s about letting the ingredients speak for themselves when they hit the table, from house-cured heritage meats and homemade seasonal fruit jams to wood-fired whole local fish and colorful salads.

Outside of the restaurant, Schwartz focuses his time and influence supporting the arts and causes such as Share our Strength, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Slow Food (from which he received its Miami convivium’s first “Snail of Approval”) and the White House’s Chefs Move to Schools initiative, an effort to imporve cafeteria food with more nutritious, kid-friendly menu items.

The chef’s cookbook, MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD: Down to Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat (Clarkson Potter) features beloved recipes from his flagship, an homage to approachable, sensible, and affordable food that everyone loves to make and eat.

Schwartz’s recipes and restaurants have been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, TODAY Show, and more.

Schwartz began his career in Philadelphia, and earned his culinary chops in kitchens from Los Angeles to New York City, until settling in Miami in the early 1990s. He currently resides in Miami Beach, FL with his wife Tamara and three children, Ella, Lulu, and Harry.

Michael Schwartz

Chef/Owner Michael Schwartz