Haute 100 Miami Update: Michael Schwartz

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. As chef and owner of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Chef Schwartz is definitely haute behind the grill, serving some of Miami’s finest food.

Michael Schwartz

Category: Originators

Company: Michael’s Genuine

Industry: Restaurant

What Made Him Haute: Known for his delectable and unpretentious food, Chef Michael Schwartz is the owner of one of the most celebrated restaurants in Miami, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Design District. Throughout his career Schwartz has received critical acclaim from top publications, and he was a 2009 nominee for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South, and he was up for the award again in 2010. Since the age of 16, Schwartz has been fascinated by the art of cooking. He revolutionized the Miami culinary scene in 1994 with the opening of the South Beach landmark Nemo. Today, he continues to dazzle diners, who flock to his casual neighborhood restaurant to indulge in his special brand of organic farm-to-table cuisine.

What Makes Him Haute Now: Chef Michael Schwartz has begun a collaboration with Miami-based Blue Star foods to create four recipes using the company’s signature crab meat. The chef is thrilled to be working with a company known for its promise to provide only the finest quality crab meat. Schwartz can attest to only providing fine food; he is known for only using the best ingredients at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, a restaurant where he is both chef and owner. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink is renowned for being “homemade, unpretentious and delectable,” serving items such as chargrilled octopus, duck confit and chili chicken wings. Along with Schwartz, another favorite Miami chef, Michelle Bernstein, will create various Blue Star crab recipes. Along with the recipes, there will be featured how-to do videos of the succulent dishes.

Schwartz will also be part of a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line series called Freedom of the Seas, along with some of the best known chefs. The cruise will set sail every week in the fall and winter, and guests will have the opportunity to partake in a cocktail party with a celebrity chef. Some of the chef on board include: Cindy Hutson, Tim Andriola, Carlos Fernandez and Spike Mendelsohn. Schwartz will be on the cruise on Jan. 2, 2011.

Schwartz was also part of Michael Symon’s Food For Life event that raised $150,000 to benefit Autism Speaks, Urban Community School and Share Our Strength; the $1,000 a person private dinner was packed with chefs from all over.