hef Michael Schwartz (42) first became known to Miami diners in the mid-1990s when he opened Nemo, an exciting new dining destination that quickly became one of South Beach's most beloved restaurants - a hit with culinary tourists and locals alike. Kudos quickly followed, including the restaurant's designation as one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine. Under Schwartz's aegis, other South Beach restaurants -- Shoji Sushi and Big Pink -- followed and were equally successful.
Since that time, Schwartz has made his mark on the South Florida dining landscape as a culinary innovator, notable for his predilection for using exceptionally fresh products. In March 2007, Schwartz opened Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, in Miami's up and coming Design District. An unpretentious bistro, the restaurant doubles as a casual neighborhood dining spot and a culinary destination by virtue of the self-trained chef's standout cuisine. Schwartz, who considers himself a disciple of Alice Waters, has achieved national renown by creating the taste that diners crave - simply sublime cuisine created with the highest quality ingredients.