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2014 RH 25: The Genuine Hospitality Group

2014 RH 25: The Genuine Hospitality Group

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Michael Schwartz


Annual Sales: N/A

Units: 7

Key Personnel:
Michael Schwartz, chef/owner
• Charles Bell, director of operations
• Jackie Sayet, brand director
• Bradley Herron, executive chef
• Eric Larkee, wine director
• Ryan Goodspeed, beverage director
Hedy Goldsmith, executive pastry chef

• Harry’s Pizzeria (seasonally inspired wood-burned pizzas)
• The Cypress Room (American cuisine cooked on a wood-burning grill and rotisserie)
Restaurant Michael Schwartz (seasonally inspired American fare at The Raleigh Hotel)

• Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (the flagship neighborhood bistro with outposts in Miami and in Grand Cayman)
• 150 Central Park by Chef Michael Schwartz (upscale American cuisine on two Royal Caribbean cruise ships)

• Michael’s Genuine Pub
• Harry’s Pizzeria
• A restaurant and beach club at Paraiso Bay in Florida (name to be determined)
• A restaurant at SLS Luxe Brickell in Miami (name to be determined)
• Michael’s Genuine Pub (on three Royal Caribbean Quantum Class ships)

WHY IT’S COOL: Ask any chef who’s heading to Miami where he or she is going to eat, and they’ll tell you Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink or one of Michael Schwartz’s other restaurants. In 2010, the James Beard Foundation recognized him as the Best Chef in the South. But he’s more than that; he’s one of the country’s great chefs. There are no gimmicks or cheap theatrics with his cooking. He flat out cooks simple, mind-blowing food. And it doesn’t hurt that his pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith, is a dessert goddess with few peers. But what put Schwartz on this list is his business ability, which gives him a one-two punch so many others lack. He’s been able to showcase his cooking skills in a variety of venues, including cruise ships, a legendary hotel and in the Cayman Islands. After most chefs create one or two high-end restaurants, they usually turn to the casual market. Schwartz’s restaurants, on the other hand, have embraced the upscale market, while maintaining a casual ease and relaxed atmosphere.

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