About The Chef 2018-10-11T15:23:24-04:00


According to Schwartz, the philosophy is simple: The secret to good food is good food.

Beloved by locals and visitors to Miami since 2007, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink set the bar for neighborhood dining with its menu based on simple preparations of seasonal ingredients and the atmosphere to match. People flock for the delicious food, thanks to a commitment to quality sourcing and emphasis on seasonal ingredients at their peak. The lively bar and raw bar, formidable cocktail and wine program and delightfully buzzy and sunny courtyard keep guests hungry for more. This infectious combination – unpretentiously laid back and magnetic with energy – is what we strive to create in every space we inhabit. With a track from hometown Philadelphia spanning NYC to Los Angeles under Wolfgang Puck, Schwartz landed on Miami Beach in the early 1990s turning heads and tables doing seriously good food on not so serious South Beach. Branching out on his own to open Michael’s Genuine in a then forgotten neighborhood on the mainland now known as the Miami Design District, Michael took home the James Beard Award for Best Chef South in 2010 cementing his reputation for reinventing a fresh approach to food and defining sincere hospitality in Miami.

His The Genuine Hospitality Group currently operates 10 restaurants including five locations of its growing pizzeria brand, Genuine Pizza® and several branching from its fine dining roots: honest Italian at Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz at SLS Brickell in Downtown Miami (October 2016) and SLS Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas (December 2017), the quintessential Miami restaurant with waterfront dining and fresh approach to bold Latin American flavor at Amara at Paraiso (January 2018), food to feel good at the forthcoming Como Metropolitan Miami Beach (January 2019), and the ultimate neighborhood restaurant coming to Coconut Grove at Park Grove (2019.)

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