James Beard Winner & Restaurateur
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Why Did Michael Schwartz Choose Lynx?
"I'm honored to be part of the Lynx Chef Panel and work with its innovative products. Grilling is one of the simplest ways to build flavor into a dish and has always played an important role in my approach to cooking."
Owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group and a James Beard Award Winning Chef, Michael is the face of the South Florida Restaurant Industry and a nationally recognized celebrity chef. Since his flagship, Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, first opened in Miami’s Design District in 2007, locals and tourists alike have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back, bistro atmosphere and straightforward food emphasizing 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.
Branching out with this established fresh, simple, pure approach, Michael has since successfully developed complementary concepts in Miami with the same ethos including Harry’s Pizzeria® (Design District and Coconut Grove, Est. 2011), a neighborhood American Pizzeria, Cypress Tavern (Design District, Est. 2015), an American Grill and Cocktail Bar, and ella (Design District, Est. 2015), a light and airy pop up café serving breakfast, lunch and happy hour tapas in Palm Court. The Chef’s partnership with Royal Caribbean began with a farm-to-ship program in 2011 at 150 Central Park on Oasis and Allure of the Seas, and now extends to Quantum Class ships (Quantum Est. 2014, Anthem Est. 2015, Ovation Est. 2016) in Michael’s Genuine Pub®.
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 improve cafeteria food with more nutritious, kid-friendly menu items.
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