Chef Michael is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with exceptional restaurant experience.
After graduating in 1999, he worked for 2 years in Atlanta, GA at the 4 Diamond/5 Star Seeger’s Restaurant. It was there, under the tutelage of world renowned Chef Gunther Seeger, that Chef Mike learned the art of simple, fresh, seasonal cooking. Later, Mike worked at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City. At the Four Seasons, Chef Mike learned the extreme importance of going out of your way to ensure guest satisfaction.
Upon moving up to the Capital City area, Mike became Executive Chef of Lipperas at the Chatham House in Columbia County. There, the Lippera family allowed Chef Mike to demonstrate his ability to transform the Chatham House into a premiere dining destination. During his tenure as Executive Chef, the Chatham House received many accolades including, Times Union 3 1/2 Stars, Best Entree Capital City Area 2005, and Columbia County’s Best New Restaurant among others.
In June of 2008 Chez Mike opened with Mike as Chef/Owner. The restaurant, along with the chef, quickly gained popularity in East Greenbush and surrounding areas. During the seven years it has been in business, Chez Mike has continued to be praised, in customer reviews as well as professional.
In 2011 Chef Mike was named as a Rising Star Chef as part of the Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts.
Chef Michael Cohen has also been noted in Hudson Valley and Dinnerware Magazines.