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no name gourmet

HEAD COOK: Michael Roberts

COMPETITION: World Pasta Championship

QUALIFYING EVENT: FoodChamp Challenge - Pasta

My passion for cooking was evidenced early in life. As I am a self-taught cook, my mother could tell you that the cost of my early culinary training was mostly burned cookware as I experimented and made my own lunches during elementary school.

For the next 20 years, my experience broadened from dinner parties for friends and family to catering Luaus for church groups of 300. In 2005, my résumé expanded as I went to work in a commercial kitchen as the Food Services Director at Cottonwood Youth Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. I operated in-house food services for residents and staff and produced 3000 + meals per month.

After more than 30 years of honing my cooking and baking skills, and expanding my catering and teaching abilities, at last I found a way to pursue my passion as a vocation when I started my No Name Gourmet Personal Chef & Catering service in June of 2008. As a member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association and a ServSafe Certified food Manager, I’m always continuing to add to my culinary education.

Today, I work hard to create meals for my clients with all the love and attention I give the meals I prepare for my own friends and family.

I lived in Hawaii for 2 years following High School and gained more great food knowledge from my friends there. The melting pot of cultures brought me an interest and knowledge of not only Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philippine and local Polynesian food, but additionally, the unique blending of these cultures, which varied from location to location.

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