Michael is an award-winning chef and owner of acclaimed Bottega restaurant in the Napa Valley. From his earliest childhood experiences—created around his mother's California kitchen with his extended Italian family of butchers, cheesemakers and ranchers—Michael dreamed of becoming a chef. Upon graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Michael began the journey to become an acclaimed chef, highly rated vintner, lifestyle trends pioneer, noted author and Emmy®-winning television host on the Food Network and Cooking Channel. Michael is passionate about seasonal, sustainable living and a vocal supporter of the artisan purveyors who make it possible. In 2009, he took second place on Bravo's inaugural "Top Chef Masters" and has appeared as a judge on "Top Chef" and "Top Chef Masters." Most recently he was a contestant on "The Next Iron Chef," also on the Food Network.
- Chef/vintner/TV host/sustainable farmer
- Napa Valley, California