Michael brings 25+ years of restaurant experience to his role, coupled with a deep background in digital marketing and content creation, as well as a BA degree in Hospecology (Ecologically Sustainable Hospitality Management) from SFSU.
He first joined Flea Street as a server in 2009, taking on increasing levels of leadership and responsibility over the years. He left for nine months in 2018 to help open Protégé in Palo Alto, later returning to become Managing Partner and Jesse's successor.
Michael grew up in San Francisco, and from a young age was immersed in the City's food scene. From authentic dim sum in Chinatown and rustic meals in old school Italian spots in North Beach, to multi-course white tablecloth service in places like Masa's and Michelin-starred Aqua, his family was constantly exploring and trying new restaurants.
From bussing tables at Embarko and running the counter at Potrero Hill neighborhood Greek gem Asimokopulos, to prep cooking at Massimo del Panino and Cafe Yum! in Eugene Oregon, he eventually settled into a role as a fine dining food server for 20 consecutive years, later becoming the lead Captain and member of a front of the house team that earned its first Michelin star within 9 months of opening.
Michael lives in San Jose, CA with his wife and three children.