Get to know me better
Food by design and eat simple the best.
I am a German chef with a Master's in culinary arts. I hosted my own cooking show in Augsburg and was able to publish three cookbooks in Germany. I’ve lived in America for nine years now. When I moved to the US I was the executive chef of two successful German restaurants, Hofbrau Haus and its sister restaurant Bavaria Haus. I was able to run these simultaneously for over two years. I then set my ambitions on the Miami food scene and felt I needed to expand my experience in America to something more upscale. For the next year, I was Executive Sous Chef in what was then one of the top 10 restaurants in Brickell, the great Coya. I then had an opportunity to take over, as Executive Chef, the Canvas restaurant at the iconic Sagamore art hotel, a historic Art Deco building in the heart of the south beach. I made this my home for over three years. In this building, I was recognized as the top 10 platings and food presentation, in South Beach, with the very popular Miami New Times. I believe I was able to prove I had a place in the Miami fine dining food scene. I was with Guy Fieri in the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I also developed a new service business in customized 3D food printing and laser food engraving. This new technology let me customize and personalize food in so many ways. I never stop learning new techniques and food trends.
For me, cooking is...
.... a religion. Very simple. Food is powerful. It influences our world, the way we live, and the way we enjoy life.
I learned to cook at...
Germany. I graduate in the Culinary Institut Kermes Munich with masters in culinary art
A role model in the kitchen is...
Chefs you may not know. This are German chefs. Tim Raue, Alexander Herrmanns, Alfons Schubeck and Tim Malzer
A cooking secret...
respect for the food.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Fort Lauderdale.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Fort Lauderdale. You name it!
A longer stay in Fort Lauderdale? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Fort Lauderdale, count me in.
Michael's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Michael's reviews
Great and convenient way to have a private chef at your home.
Deras Marksohn - May 09 2022
Chef Michael created an unbelievable experience for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday dinner. The food was artfully presented and lick-the-plate-clean delicious. He accommodated all my special requests and gave excellent explanations of everything that was served. Truly a 5-star dining experience at home.
Alana Millman - May 03 2022
Michael was absolutely amazing! The sushi was unreal and we all tried some things we’ve never had before. I couldn’t recommend him more highly. Such a blast!
Rachel Lewis - Mar 21 2022
Chef Michael Smerda absolutely nailed it! We were a group of 9 business professionals and we hired Michael and his assistant to serve us breakfasts and a lunch. Every meal was entirely unique, included many options to fit everyone's preferences, and tasted amazing! He has a great personality, efficient work ethic, and a rockstar sous chef! Even though we did not have Chef Michael cook dinner for us, our entire group believed that his dinners would have been better than the "fancy" dinners we had at restaurants during our trip. We all highly recommend this chef's service, and we are very pleased with Take a Chef for connecting us with him.
Cali Erin - Feb 18 2022
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