After navigating the restaurant industry since the ripe age of 13, Michael graduated with degrees in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from the French Culinary Institute. Staking his claim in New York City’s highly competitive restaurant scene with a place of his own seemed like the obvious path for Michael — and that’s exactly what he’s done, all the while, staying grounded in his mission to create opportunity for health + happiness for his community.
Partnering with his childhood best-friend, Daniel Holzman, THE MEATBALL SHOP opened its doors in February 2010. Together they have grown THE MEATBALL SHOP to 8 locations in New York, Washington DC and Connecticut, published the highly acclaimed The Meatball Shop Cookbook. Michael also launched the widely successful, sustainable seafood concept, SEAMORES. Michael has grown Seamore’s to 6 locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
On top of managing 13 properties and 4 companies, Michael hosted 2 seasons of FYI’s TV show Food Porn, was featured in the CNBC docu-series Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business, and participated in international and national publications + campaigns, including GQ, Esquire, People, Food Network Magazine, The New York Times, FOOD & WINE, and Wall Street Journal, as well as on television shows such as NBC’s TODAY Show, Late Night with Seth Myers, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Watch What Happens Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Beat Bobby Flay, Kitchen Casino, Chopped, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America and Chelsea Lately.
Michael recently launched a lifestyle, apparel and nutrition brand- Kreatures of Habit - to critical acclaim.