the team

Owner Darrel Broek and Chef Oliver Saucy have earned this restaurant distinction as one of the nation’s best, with a menu updated daily featuring the best local ingredients.

Owner Darrel Broek


Darrel joined the team of Cafe Max as a manager in 1984 and then guided the team until he decided to purchase it in 1988. At that point he re-christened the locale with an additional “X” to the Cafe Maxx name,  partnered up with Chef Oliver Saucy, and the two took the restaurant to new heights. With strong leadership and keen marketing, Broek wanted to expand to other locales after a successful seven years.  At Cafe Maxx, Darrel Broek has been setting the tone for this highly successful establishment for almost forty years now.

Oliver Saucy

Many feel that Oliver Saucy was destined to become a great chef. Just like his recipes, Saucy’s background contains the perfect mélange of ingredients. A blending of nature and nurture, Saucy’s distinctive talents have captured the country’s attention. 

Oliver is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY but he actually learned to cook from his father. He grew up in a medieval German Castle in the Black Forest region which had been converted into a resort hotel where his father was the resort’s Executive Chef and young Oliver spent lots of time in his kitchen, learning how to perform fundamental cooking techniques. Growing up, Saucy gained an intimate understanding of the dedication necessary to become a masterful interpreter of cuisine.

My father taught me about the importance of using fresh ingredients and those that have been minimally processed. He has always had his own garden“, Oliver says. 

Chef Oliver Saucy

Award-winning cuisine

TripAdvisor Expert's Choice Award

2021 Expert’s Choice Award

Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor

Traveler’s Choice Certificate of Excellence Winner

The Award of Excellence

The Distinguished Restaurants of America Award

OpenTable 4.8 out of 5 Ratings

OpenTable 4.8 of 5


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Dine Out Lauderdale

Dine Out Lauderdale

Dine Out Lauderdale is not over yet – it’s extended through September 30th!

We are delighted to keep dishing out special treats for everyone under the sun, whether you’re a local or just visiting. Indulge in a gastronomic adventure at Cafe Maxx!