Chef MikeC. - Host Organic
Living with The Hippy Gourmet TV show
Chef – Kitchen
Producer – “Mastering Knife Skills” DVD
– TV’s “Organic Living with the Hippie Gourmet” and Circulon’s
Series Featured Expert – Analon Cookware and Furitechnics Cutlery
Few know as much about the art of teaching cooking as Chef MikeC.,
who has led over a thousand classes to date.
secret to his teaching technique? “I break things down into real
world terms,” he says. “I always explain the science behind everything.
If you understand the why when something goes wrong, you can easily
fix it. You can adapt, you can make things work – if you understand
it.” An honors graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Chef
MikeC. began cooking professionally in 1997 in upstate New York
in restaurants and a natural/organic foods grocer.
2000, he started his first catering business, “Cuisine Undressed”,
before moving to San Francisco in 2001 to study at CCA. There
he co-founded Xfusion Personal Chef Services - an originator of
the concept of turning private parties into exciting cooking events
for guests to participate in. While still in school, he was hired
to co-manage Sur La Table’s San Francisco culinary school, where
he also taught. Within months, MikeC. was put in charge of the
program, which included assisting such visiting celebrity chefs
as Martin Yan, Jamie Oliver, Alton Brown and Michael Chiarello.
2003, he founded Party Lifestyles and taught international cuisines
at cooking schools and retail outlets up and down the West Coast
as well as catering events for high-end clientele. At the same
time, he became an official spokesperson for Furi Knives, appearing
at trade shows and culinary fairs around the country to demonstrate
proper knife skills. He recently took over hosting the long-running
cooking show series “Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet.” Over
the years, MikeC. has taught thousands of home cooks and led countless
corporate team-building cooking events for such companies as GAP,
Yahoo, Microsoft, Adobe, GE, Capitol, and Charles Schwab.