Miami's Top Ten Chefs
2. Michael Schwartz
Ben Fink Michael Schwartz, James Beard Award-winning chef.
Michael Schwartz is a James Beard Award-winning chef who owns the Genuine Hospitality Group -- a bundle of restaurants that includes Michael's Genuine Food & Drink (Miami and Grand Cayman), Harry's Pizzeria, and the upcoming Cypress Room. Although there are other local restaurant groups that rival Genuine in size, none is spearheaded by a chef. This proves that Schwartz is more than just a talented cook. He's also a savvy businessman who has developed a family of Miami's top restaurants. The combination catapults Schwartz to nearly the head of the list.
1. Kevin Cory
via naoemiami.com Kevin Cory knows sushi better than any other chef in town.
Naoe is the type of restaurant that every dining scene needs. It isn't large: The setting has only eight seats available per service; there are only two seatings per evening. It isn't located in a high-traffic spot: Naoe is nestled in residential Brickell Key. The Japanese restaurant functions omakase-style, which means meals are chef's choice. But Cory's choices are always delectable. The soft-spoken toque serves the most pristine seafood in town. That's why Naoe recently earned five stars from Forbes Travel Guide. It's also why he tops our list.
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