Chef Michael Schwartz on the business of food, changes in kitchen culture, nurturing young cooks

James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2010) Michael Schwartz is our guest on this episode of the podcast. He and Michael Beltran — who we will refer to as Chug in this text from here on out in the interest of clarity — discuss their relationship, which began when Chug was working at the Cypress Room, and how it's evolved over time.

Michael discusses the birth of his flagship restaurant — Michael's Genuine Food & Drink — the expansion of Genuine Hospitality Group (Tigertail & Mary, Amara at Paraiso, Ella, Genuine Pizza, Harry's Pizzeria, etc.) and the the lessons he's learned about being a restaurant operator and his role in nurturing young talent.

Plus, our first ad! Get excited, people; we're gonna be talking La Caja China for a bit.

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Nicolás Antonio Jiménez is the founder of DADE. When he's not working on this site, he's the senior editor of Cigar Snob Magazine, an internationally distributed lifestyle magazine.
Nick is also a Miami native, Cuban-American, and graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.