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Michael is a dynamic and innovative Chef based in metropolitan New York, with a vision to drive healthy change. He is CEO of Global Food Solutions (developing healthy, affordable food products for schools and food service), Corporate Executive Chef and Marketing Director of Advantage Food Marketing (brokering and branding foodservice products), and Managing Partner of LineCor Distribution Solutions (providing 3PL scalable distribution and logistics solutions). 

 

He is a two-time alumnus from Johnson & Wales University, holding degrees in Culinary Arts & Food Service Management and Entrepreneurship. Since completing his studies, Michael has founded several multimillion dollar companies which include the development and launch of 7 major brands in the food service industry, navigating USDA regulation and developing food product to rigorous standards, and leading product development for some of North America's largest food manufacturers. 

 

Michael's work focuses on developing healthy alternative products for the school food service industry, specifically aimed at supporting local producers to maintain fresh, nutritious foods for school kids, and to sustain communities through supporting local business. Over the past year, through partnerships and products developed by Michael, his company [Global Food Solutions] has become one of the largest suppliers to New York City Public Schools (Largest school district in america), serving over 1.3 million students on any given day, and an additional 2+ million students around the country daily.

 

He is an outspoken supporter of No Kid Hungry - a campaign aimed at ending child hunger in America - and an advocate for school breakfast programs. In recent past, Michael was invited to attend three Forbes 30 Under 30 Summits (in the U.S. and Israel).

EDUCATION

Graduated JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY  - 2009 - 2012

Associate in Science -  Culinary Arts - 2012 - Magma Cum Laude

Bachelor’s of Science - Food Service Entrepreneurship - 2012 - Magma Cum Laude

Minor -  Environmental Sustainability - 2012 - Magma Cum Laude

CERTIFICATIONS

AIB International, Inc. - Quality Assurance & Food Safety

1. HACCP Online - 100%
2. Rodent Control Online - 100%
3. Insect Pests Control Online - 100%
4. Bird Pest Control Online - 100%

5. Food Safety Essentials: A+
    5.1 GMPs and You - 100%
    5.2 HACCP – It’s Critical Point - 100%
    5.3 Allergen Control – Someone’s Life Depends on It - 100%
    5.4 Food Defense on the Front Line - 95%
    5.5 Foreign Material – What Doesn’t Belong - 95%
    5.6 When Clean Means Clean - 100%
    5.7 How You Can Help Recognize and Control Pests - 100%
    5.8 What You Need to Know about Bacteria - 100%
    5.9 Built for Safety - 100%
    5.10 Outside Grounds – Not Out of Bounds - 95%
    5.11 Equipment Maintenance – Designed for Quality - 95%
    5.12 Temperature Control – Don’t Spoil It for Everyone - 95%
    5.13 Incoming Material Inspections – The First Line of Defense - 95%
    5.14 Storage Practices – The Ins and Outs of Inventory - 95%
    5.15 Traceability and Recall – keeping Track to Get It Back - 95%

6. Food Safety and Sanitation Distance Learning Course 
    6.1 Sanitation - 100%
    6.2 Personal Practices - 100%
    6.3 Body Fluids - 100%
    6.4 Allergens - 100%
    6.5 Transportation and Storage - 100%
    6.6 Integrated Pest Managment - 100%
    6.7 Maintenance - 95%
    6.8 Sanitary Design - 95%
    6.9 Chemical Control - 100%
    6.10 Air and Water Quality - 100%
    6.11 Operational Methods - 100%
    6.12 Physical Foreign Material Control - 100%
    6.13 Traceability - 100%
    6.14 Recall - 100%
    6.15 Food Defense - 95%
    6.16 Food Microbiology and Microbial Control - 100%
    6.17 Environmental Monitoring - 95%
    6.18 Customer Complaints - 100%
    6.19 Quality Control - 100%
    6.20 Regulatory Overview - 100%
    6.21 HACCP - 100%
    6.22 Self Inspection and Internal Audits - 100%

7. Function of Ingredients
    7.1 White Flour
    7.2 Water
    7.3 Salt
    7.4 Yeast
    7.5 Fats & Oils
    7.6 Sweeteners 

    7.1.1 Milk Solids
    7.1.2 Mineral Yeast Foods
    7.1.3 Mold Inhibitors
    7.1.4 Dough Conditioners - Enzymes 
    7.1.5 Dough Conditioners - Oxidizers, Reducers, and Emulsifiers 

8-10.0 SQF INSTUTITE 

    8.0 AUDITOR

    9.0 ADVANCED SQF PRACTITIONER 

    10.0 IMPLEMENTING SQF SYSTEMS (Post-Farm Gate)

11.0 FDA

    11.1 Certificate in Food Defense 101 - A+

12.0 SERV SAFE

    12.1 ServSafe Manager

    12.2 ServSafe Food Handler

    12.3 ServSafe Alcohol 

13.0 CERTIFIED CULINARIAN

    13.1 American Culinary Federation

14-15.0 FUTURE MEDIA CONCEPTS - Graphic Design & Illustration

    14.0 Adobe Illustrator - Level 1 & 2 - (CS,CS6) - Adobe ACE Certified

    15.0 Adobe Photoshop - Level 1 & 2 - (CS,CS6) - Adobe ACE Certified