2016 OBIEs Celebrity Chef: Michael Schwartz!
James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz will headline as the Celebrity Chef for this year’s Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards (The OBIEs): A Taste of South Florida presented by Florida Blue.
As the international face of South Florida's restaurant scene and known for his legacy of straightforward, seasonal cooking, Michael Schwartz is a giant in the culinary world and was honored in 2010 with the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef: South. A native of Philadelphia, Schwartz charted a career in kitchens from California and Colorado, to Japan and New York before settling in South Florida in the early 1990s where he has lived since with his family on Miami Beach. Schwartz brought with him a passion for celebrating fresh, simple and pure ingredients in season, the driving force behind his flagship neighborhood bistro, Michael’s Genuine® Food & Drink, which opened in Miami's Design District in 2007 and celebrates its 10th anniversary next year. Focusing on the entire restaurant experience where delicious food meets genuine hospitality and service, Schwartz has continued to transform the South Florida dining scene, imparting this same attention to hospitality and care of sourcing ingredients at his complementary concepts now including Harry’s Pizzeria®, Cypress Tavern and ella pop café.