Michael Isabella, Season 6
Contestant
Hometown: Northern New Jersey
Resides: Washington, D.C.
In the Spring of 2011, Mike is set to open Graffiato, a new Italian-inspired restaurant in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Graffiato's menu will reflect simple meals Mike grew up eating prepared by his grandmother, including stuffed pastas and wood-fired pizza. In August 2010, Mike left Zaytinya, Jose Andres’ nationally-renowned Greek-Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, DC, where he served as Executive Chef for more than three years. He honed his culinary skills along the East Coast – first working at a number of fine dining establishments in New York City, then at Alma de Cuba, Washington Square and a host of Stephen Starr restaurants in Philadelphia before landing at Kyma, a top-notch Greek restaurant in Atlanta. There he learned the slight flavors and nuances of Greek cuisine and went on to travel through Greece and parts of the Middle East where he picked up more tricks of the trade.