Hedy Goldsmith, one of Miami’s most beloved chefs, takes a step.
Over the Independence Day weekend, Goldsmith announced that she was stepping down from her role as executive chef at Verde at PAMM, thanking her fellow chefs and hinting that she would soon be announcing a new company.
Goldsmith took up the post of grand chef at the museum’s waterfront restaurant in January 2020, just months before the pandemic shut down dining halls across Miami.
Goldsmith served as Executive Pastry Chef for David Grutman’s Groot Hospitality.
The silversmith tells New times She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the menus for Groot’s growing restaurant portfolio, which includes Komodo, Swan, Papi Steak and Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel. âThese are sophisticated concepts,â she says.
The chef named James Beard says she and David Grutman met before the pandemic to talk. “I spoke with David before COVID. I was just listening to what he had to say. They never had a position like this really, ever.”
She was intrigued, but the timing was not right. âI wanted to have an impact,â she says. “The parts weren’t there yet, but I knew they were coming.”
Goldsmith was further convinced by Groot Hospitality CEO Roel Alcudia and Groot Hospitality Vice President Chris Cuomo. “I know these people and they are legitimate. If they are in Groot, I understand,” she said.
“We’ve had an eye on Hedy for quite some time,” Grutman writes in a text at New times. We knew the time was right, she would become an integral part of our team and our growth. ”
With the Miami food scene rebounding after a tumultuous year, the time was right.
Goldsmith says that while she’s glad she took the opportunity at Verde’s, she wants to get back to her true love. “I really need to cook and I think there is an opportunity to make an impact in Miami.”
Goldsmith will oversee all baking programs in all restaurants under Groot’s umbrella.
âWe are delighted to have him on our team and to work alongside our pastry chefs in restaurants, as well as to work with us on the development and execution of new brands,â said Grutman.
This means Goldsmith will also be reunited with Dallas Wynne, the pastry chef / partner of the soon to be opening Toothfairy – one of three concepts to open (along with Sushi Fly Chicken and Winker’s DINer) at the Firestone Garage at Groot Hospitality in South Beach. . Goldsmith worked with Wynne at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink. Since then, Wynne has grown into one of Miami’s leading pastry chefs in her own right.
âDallas is remarkable and I can’t wait to see his career and his star fly,â said Goldsmith.
Goldsmith says she hopes to have the opportunity to mentor talented young chefs at Groot. âI want to be the chief cheerleader,â she says. “I want to talk to these rising stars and instill a culture of passion for the food industry.”
More than anything, for Goldsmith, creating beautiful pastries and desserts is synonymous with happiness and memories.
âPeople can have a great meal, but at the end of the day a candy makes people happy and I marvel at the power of a statement that can be. It may be just a small bite, but it has an impact on people, âshe said.
In return, Goldsmith is delighted to bring a moment of pleasure to its guests.
“It makes me happy, makes people happy. That’s what makes me honest.”
If you can’t wait for Goldsmith’s decadent treats (or if you want to send some happiness to friends outside of Miami), her Sweet Hedy cookies (including her famous “Junk in Da Trunk” cookies) can be ordered via Goldbelly.