Michael Shikany, a Miami-born chef whose namesake restaurant brought deconstructed cuisine and molecular gastronomy to Wynwood, died Friday.
Miami police are treating his death as a suicide. Shikany was 38.
The chef's mother called police Friday morning, worried about her son. Officers found him dead at his apartment in the 700 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue, according to police.
Skikany’s restaurant opened in 2014 and drew a three-star (Very Good) review from the Miami Herald before it closed suddenly in February 2015 after he unexpectedly stepped down as executive chef of the restaurant, which he co-owned with his parents.
The Herald called his cuisine “ultrafine dining,” a direct result of his study at the French Culinary Institute. He worked at some of New York City’s (and America’s) top restaurants before opening Shikany — the Michelin-star Le Bernardin by Eric Ripert, Babbo by Mario Batali, Gramercy Tavern and the James Beard House, according to his LinkedIn page.
“An amuse bouche served in a space-agey glass bowl foreshadows the kind of over-the-top precision that’s to come,” the reviewer noted. “One evening we sampled dehydrated salmon belly over a shallot-infused cream with a dollop of Imperial Ossetra caviar, cassis and baby red sorrel leaves so pretty you want to make earrings out of them.”
Shikany is survived by his parents, Terri and Walter Shikany, and brother Walter Shikany III. The family will hold a memorial Saturday at 11 a.m. at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr., Miami.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.