HEAD COOK: Michelle Estes
COMPETITION: World Soup Championship
Former chef/owner of Cafe 615 in Mobile, Alabama for 15 years. My restaurant was voted best breakfast in Alabama by Food Network Magazine for our signature take on a Benedict...Eggs Mauvila. I'm now living in Panama running a bed and breakfast in Bastimentos...The Firefly. My partner is chef Joseph Archbold...Former Top Chef Panama and owner of Octo restaurant in Bocas del Toro and Receta Michila in Caranero. Together we want to represent our Caribbean flavors and the culture of our islands.
I host my own YouTube cooking show Quarantine Kitchen Panama, which I started when we went on lockdown due to coronavirus. I wrote a book about behind the scenes of the restaurant, from the kitchen's point of view. Restaurant...For Real. I'm excited to be returning to compete this year.