Mike’s passion for gastronomy began in his earliest years, but he didn’t commence his professional career until 2001, when he spent all of his free time learning the ropes at Truffles of Southsea brasserie whilst studying for his BA in Business & Marketing at the University of Portsmouth. Upon graduating, it was clearly apparent that his vocation lie in the culinary arts, so he headed for the bright lights of London, where his illustrious career as a chef took wing. It wasn’t long after he secured an apprenticeship at The In & Out club in St James that Mike began working in the kitchens of the Royal Air Force Club.
Following this, he trained in two of London’s definitive fine dining restaurants. It was a period of his workplace education that was deeply formative, inculcating him with sound fundamentals and savvy intuition. These were Le Gavroche and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, where his skills were honed under the tutelage of celebrated chefs Michel Roux Jr, Simone Zanoni and Mr Ramsay himself.
In April 2007, Mike’s career leapt forward as he joined the team at Gaucho restaurants, swiftly earning himself a position as Head Chef. He ran both the Richmond and O2 sites before receiving a promotion to the Executive Chef position for the entire Gaucho Group. In his day-to-day, he was responsible for overseeing all food aspects of the business, running the gamut from menu development to training and recruitment to overseeing the entirety of Gaucho’s notorious events. From 2011, he additionally developed and supervised the burgeoning CAU restaurant franchise.
In 2013, Mike left London to rattle the pans in Australia’s thriving restaurant scene, spending six months undertaking stages at a number of Melbourne’s most celebrated restaurants. These included a stint working with world class chef Ben Shewry in Attica, which in 2015 was ranked number 32 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. He then worked in Andrew McConnell’s 2 Hat restaurant Cutler and Co, which offered him deep insight into Modern Australian cuisine and its many Asian influences.
Mike was first introduced to Shannon Bennet at the ATP World Tour tennis tournament. They began discussing their work in the kitchens, immediately developing mutual respect for one another. Soon after, Mike started work with Shannon, and had the opportunity to become friends and cook for some of Australia’s finest chefs, including George Calombaris, Curtis Stone and Peter Gilmore. He cooked alongside Heston Blumenthal at The Skinny Duck, a charity event for FareShare Australia which raised funds for disadvantaged children.
2014 was a bumper year for Mike, in which he opened two restaurants on either side of the globe. In Melbourne, Mike worked closely with celebrity chef Shannon Bennet and his Vue de Monde Group to open Jardin Tan. He played an instrumental role in developing the unique French Vietnamese concept.
In September 2014, Mike returned to the United Kingdom to open one of London’s most interesting restaurants of the year – M.
In September 2015, Mike returned full time to London to open the second M in Victoria St and write his first cookbook entitled M a 24 Hour Cook book, published worldwide by Bloomsbury Publishers released in late April 2016.
2016 was a big year for Mike, appearing on Channels 4 hugely popular Sunday Brunch live TV show where he has become a reoccurring guest chef. He also recently appeared on the BBC Great British Menu representing the London and South East region against the countries best chefs. He followed this with appearances on Master chef on BBC1 and Tricks of the Restaurant Trade on C4.
In the summer of 2017 Mike opened the third M In Twickenham which is 100% British menu where he is showcasing the best of traditional British cuisine with his modern flair.
2019 has seen Mike share his time across both Australia and the UK. In Melbourne he is working on various projects whilst in the UK he is now overseeing the exciting newly formed Rare Restaurants which encompasses both Gaucho and M Restaurants, Mike is mentoring the teams and overseeing menu developments in both brands as Culinary Director.
In September the relaunch of the celebrated BBC cooking show Ready Steady Cook has been announced for 2020 with it due to hit the screens on BBC1 in May. Mike is set to star alongside a new cast of chefs and everybody’s favorite presenter Rylan.