The Grinder: Michael’s Genuine – Chef Michael Schwartz

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Michael Schwartz is having a stellar year. The man behind Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink won the Golden Grill Award at the SoBe Burger Bash 2010 as well as a James Beard award for Best Chef: South. And as if that wasn’t enough, his Harris Ranch Black Angus Burger (served only on the lunch menu) […]

The Grinder: TLC’s Ultimate Cake Off & Ham On The Street’s George Duran

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Watching George Duran on Food Network’s Ham On The Street made me fearless with my crazy food combinations. I loved that show and if you’ve never seen it, I’d suggest you search it out. George now has a gig on TLC where he hosts Ultimate Cake Off but unfortunately you don’t get to see the […]

The Grinder: SoBe & NY Wine and Food Festival’s Lee Schrager

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Most folks know Lee Schrager as the director of the SoBe and NY Wine & Food Festivals. I happen to think of Lee more as a Burger ambassador and giant Burger fan (which explains why the Burger Bash at both festivals are the world series of Burger events). So it’s a good thing he’s agreed […]

The Grinder: Food Network & Galavision’s Ingrid Hoffman

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Ingrid Hoffman came to Miami in 1985 from Colombia and  in 1993 opened her first (and I believe only) restaurant “Rocca”. She is best known for the program “Simply Delicioso” on the Food Network and her spanish programs “Delicioso” and “Un Minuto Delicioso” on Galavision. Recently she partnered to help create the Latin Burger & […]

The Grinder: Jamie Deen Of The Deen Bros.

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I became a fan of the Deen Bros. (Jamie & Bobby) after watching them interacting with their mother (Paula Deen) at a SoBe Wine & Food Festival Event. It wasn’t too long after that they had a show on the Food Network (Road Tasted) where they toured the country looking for family run food businesses […]

The Grinder: Chef Norman Van Aken

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From winning a James Beard Award to having Playboy magazine naming one of his restaurants “One of the 25 Best Restaurants in America.”, is there anything left for Chef Norman Van Aken to do in the culinary world? Sure, a return to Coral Gables with Norman’s 180 and of course, The Grinder: BB: What’s the […]

The Grinder: Q American Barbeque And Pizza Volante’s Chef Jonathan Eismann

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It makes perfect sense to put Chef Jonathan Eismann through The Grinder right after winning Best Chef in this year’s New Times’ Best Of issue. In another stroke of good timing, Q American Barbeque is also adding a Burger/Slider section to their menu which includes the Media Noche Burger (Pit Smoked Ham, Swiss Cheese, Pickles, […]

The Grinder: Bill’s Bar And Burger’s Chef Brett Reichler

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I first met Chef Brett Reichler at the 2010 Burger Bash in SoBe where Bill’s Bar & Burger was competing for the top prize. That was the night their burger won my heart. A few months later, I found myself at Bill’s Bar & Burger in New York where I was again overwhelmed by this […]

The Grinder: Interviews with Burger Big Wigs

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What happens when I  ask some chefs, restaurant owners and maybe even celebrities, yes I said celebrities about burgers and other things not pertaining to burgers? You get The Grinder. So sit back, read and enjoy: “maybe I even thought there was indeed some small possibility of a “good time”–but I surely had reason to […]