Hedy Goldsmith Joins Groot Hospitality

Hedy Goldsmith
Hedy Goldsmith Photo by Michael Pisarri
Hedy Goldsmith, one of Miami's most beloved chefs, is making a move.

Over the Independence Day weekend, Goldsmith announced that she was leaving her role as executive chef at Verde at PAMM, thanking her fellow chefs and hinting that she'd be announcing a new endeavor soon.

Goldsmith had taken the position of top chef at the museum's waterfront restaurant in January 2020, just a few months before the pandemic closed restaurant dining rooms throughout Miami. 

Goldsmith has taken a position as corporate executive pastry chef for David Grutman's Groot Hospitality.

Goldsmith tells New Times she's elated for the opportunity to work on the menus of Groot's growing restaurant portfolio, which includes Komodo, Swan, Papi Steak, and Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel. "These are sophisticated concepts," she says.

The James Beard-nominated chef says she and David Grutman met pre-pandemic to talk. "I spoke with David before COVID. I was just listening to what he had to say. They haven't had a position like this really, ever."

She was intrigued, but the timing wasn't right. "I wanted to make an impact," she says. "The parts weren't there yet, but I knew that they were coming."

Goldsmith was further persuaded by Groot Hospitality's corporate chef, Roel Alcudia, and Groot Hospitality's vice president, Chris Cuomo. "I know these people and they are legit. If they're at Groot, I get it," she says.

"We had our eye on Hedy for some time," Grutman writes in a text to New Times. We knew when the time was right, she'd become an integral part of our team and growth."

With the Miami culinary scene rebounding after a tumultuous year, the time was right.

Goldsmith says that, though she's glad she took the opportunity at Verde, she wants to return to her true love. "I really need to bake and I think there's an opportunity to make an impact on Miami."

Goldsmith will oversee all pastry programs across all the restaurants under the Groot umbrella.

"We are so excited to have her as part of our team and work alongside our pastry chefs at the restaurants, as well as work with us on the development and execution of new brands," Grutman says.

That means Goldsmith will also be reunited with Dallas Wynne, the pastry chef/partner at the soon-to-open Toothfairy — one of three concepts to open (along with Sushi Fly Chicken and Winker's DIner) at Groot Hospitality's Firestone Garage in South Beach. Goldsmith worked with Wynne at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. Since then, Wynne has become one of Miami's leading pastry chefs in her own right.

"Dallas is remarkable and I can't wait to watch her career and star fly," Goldsmith says.

Goldsmith says she hopes to have the opportunity to mentor talented young chefs at Groot. "I want to be head cheerleader," she says. "I want to talk to these rising stars and instill a culture of passion about the culinary industry."

More than anything, to Goldsmith, creating beautiful pastries and desserts equates with happiness and memories.

"People can have a great meal, but at the end of the day, a sweet makes people happy and I marvel in how powerful a statement that can be. It can just be a little bite, but it impacts people," she says.

In return, Goldsmith gets joy from the act of bringing a moment of pleasure to her guests.

"It makes me happy, making people happy. That's what keeps me honest."

If you can't wait for Goldsmith's decadent treats (or you want to send some happiness to friends out of Miami), her Sweet Hedy cookies (including her famous "Junk in Da Trunk" cookies) can be ordered via Goldbelly
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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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