Celebrated chef, restaurateur, food scientist, author, and innovator Jimmy Schmidt draws inspiration from the bounty of the American Larder and its local environs to create the contemporary American cuisine at his signature restaurants over time, principally in Detroit and Palm Springs. Sourcing the best local products grown and raised responsibly, he focuses on traditional cooking methods – such as open grilling, slow roasting, braising, pickling and curing – to create deliciously intricate yet simple, rustic dishes, that areas nutritional sound as tastefully stimulating.
Chef Schmidt garnered national acclaim when he opened Rattlesnake Club restaurants in Denver and in Detroit, which now celebrates almost 30 years as an award-winning Midwest dining destination. He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his successful 30-year career, including three prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest, Great American Chefs of 1987, Who’s Who of American Cooking 1984, Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Nations Restaurant News’ Fine Dining Hall of Fame and Gourmet Magazine’s America’s Top Tables and America’s Best Restaurants.
A skilled culinary professional, recognized for comprehensive knowledge and an innovative approach for a customized dining experience. Over 20 years of progressive experience managing the provision of fine dining for resorts, independent restaurants, and country clubs. Focused on refining the art of cooking by menu development featuring culturally diverse dishes from regions around the globe, creating bold flavors by depth in development, utilizing simplistic form with minimal components. Adept in the ability to cultivate partnerships with providers in obtaining the freshest and highest quality ingredients and leading a team of culinary professionals by providing growth patterns and investing in the process of training and mentoring.
- Certificate of recognition by the James Beard Foundation
- Active Member of Chefs Collaborative
- Participating Chef in the LA Food & Wine Festival
- Participating Chef in New York City Chefs Tribute for Meals on Wheels