Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Michael’s love affair with the kitchen started early and has since spanned many continents. His epicurean journey began in 1987 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He got his first taste of developing a concept menu for an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco which opened to national acclaim in 1991. Always thinking bigger, Michael’s culinary and business vision led to the founding of his company, Mina Group, with partner Andre Agassi in 2002, allowing him to open 17 concept restaurants and a lounge concept. Michael keeps an eye out for new trends and is not afraid to launch his own.
Chef de Cuisine
A graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York City, Thailand’s Baan Thai Cookery School and Somphon Cooking School, Roberts began his professional journey as a line cook at the Tribeca Grill in New York City and, from there, honed his skills in premier restaurants in Sweden, Denmark and the Caribbean. Roberts moved to the Big Island of Hawaii where he became Chef de Cuisine of Hualalai Resort’s flagship fine dining restaurant before joining the Marriott Marquis Times Square as Chef de Cuisine.