Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis serves as co-founder and executive chef of airy all-day café
LAID Fresh, and KYU, a wood-fired and Asian-inspired restaurant with
locations in Miami’s eclectic Wynwood Arts District and Mexico City’s
Polanco neighborhood. The award-winning concept offers guests a vibrant
atmosphere, unparalleled service and globally inspired cuisine.

Having been in the industry for almost 20 years, Chef Michael has always
possessed a creative and curious spirit coupled with the passion to share
global cuisine with others. Before declaring Miami as his home, he worked
all over the globe, including New York City, London and the Bahamas.
Originally from Baltimore, Md., Lewis moved to New York City at the age of
13 with the desire to succeed. After his time at the Culinary Institute of
America, Lewis had the opportunity to train under culinary geniuses,
including Chef David Bouley and Chef Eric Ripert. By the time Lewis was 25,
he made his mark on the industry by playing an important role in earning
three Michelin Stars while working as the Chef de Cuisine at Jean-Georges
Restaurant on Central Park West.

Lewis went on to open Market for Jean-Georges in Paris, serve as the
Executive Chef at Café Martinique in the Bahamas and open up Fifty on St.
James Street in London. He then led a team at Zuma as the Global
Executive chef for over six years, allowing him to practice his expertise
internationally at the brand’s different locations, including Hong Kong,
Dubai, Istanbul, Bangkok, London and Miami, where he shifted the city’s
food scene with his forward-thinking cuisine.

After years traveling – seeing, tasting and experiencing the cultures that the
destinations he visited had to offer – Lewis decided it was time to chase his
own ambitions and prepare for the opening of his first restaurant. In 2016,
Lewis partnered with fellow restaurateur Steven Haigh to launch KYU in
Miami. The restaurant’s popularity earned its first James Beard Nomination
in 2017 for “Best New Restaurant” just one year after opening. After three
successful years in Miami, Steven and Michael expanded the KYU concept
in 2019, announcing plans to open a second location in Mexico City.
In 2019, Chef also opened LAID Fresh in Miami serving a menu of artfully
crafted breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites.

In between his time making memorable creations at KYU and LAID Fresh,
Lewis can be found BBQing with his wife, Alexandra, his two lovely children
and Bacon (not the food – but a giant Alaskan Malamute).