James Beard Award Semifinalist Interviews: Michael Schwartz and Hedy Goldsmith

This week, we're interviewing our local culinary superstars up for James Beard Awards. This is the first year the foundation has released its "long list" of semifinalists, stretching out the waiting period one more month. On March 22, restaurant and chef finalists will be announced with nominees for cookbook,

design, and journalism. The gala will take place at Avery Fisher Hall in New York


First up, Michael Schwartz and Hedy Goldsmith of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, named among the best restaurants in the nation by the New York Times. This dynamic duo has been working together for more than a decade. They now belong to a very small contingent of chefs and pastry chefs from the same restaurant who are both up for awards.(Editor's Note: Jackie Sayet, who did this interview, is a longtime Short Order contributor who now works with Michael Schwartz)


KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jackie Sayet