Michael started his formal training at Thanet Technical College and gained his first employment at Claridge’s Hotel London. It was here he learnt the importance of team spirit.
Moving on to roles at the Ritz Casino, InterContinental London, Swallow Royal Hotel in Bristol and Les Ambassadeurs Casino London, Michael’s culinary skills excelled and elevated him to a position of Executive Chef. Throughout this experience he was awarded many culinary accolades, but he realised that one of his biggest attributes was motivating, inspiring and building team spirit, which is paramount in the development of a successful business and particularly in the career of a good chef.
This was the turning point in his career, as he went on to work with Butler’s Wharf Chef School in London, then in 2001 he moved to Dubai when he was approached to be part of the pre-opening faculty of the Middle East’s first accredited hospitality and tourism institution, the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. He is now the Director of Culinary Arts and under his tenure, the academy has grown with outstanding industry recognition. Michael is a firm believer in leading by example, he still gets a great deal of satisfaction and buzz from a challenge, particularly in transferring his knowledge and experience to young people who have chosen a culinary vocation. As a professional, there cannot be a better compliment than seeing past, present or future chefs doing well.
After many years of experience in the industry, he still has plenty of drive and enthusiasm which he applies to all ventures with which he’s involved.