Michael Gifford was the very first person hired to our first restaurant, Union. Before meeting Ethan while working together at Nell's, Michael trained at The Academy of Culinary Arts in New Jersey. He now makes the magic happen at the ESR Commissary.
First Restaurant Job
Dishwasher & Potato Peeler
Last Restaurant Job
Came back on to the company as part of the opening team at Ballard Pizza Company.
Alternate Universe Career
Favorite Late Night Snack
Best Meal Ever
Flying solo at Cafe Boulud and being totally pampered and just eating way too much.
Favorite Seattle Restaurants
Palace Kitchen, any BBQ in the ID, The Athenian in the market for a frosty pint.
What do you love about Seattle?
Proximity to the water and mountains and of course all the shellfish.
Memorable Kitchen Disaster
When I was young, thinking I can cut a wheel of fontina on a bandsaw. Bad idea. Blade seized up in the middle and came of the guard. Nearly took me out.
Can't Live Without
My English Bulldog Melodie
What's On The Nightstand?
“Amongst the Thugs” by Bill Buford
What's On The iPod?
Favorite Movie Quote
“I knew it was you Fredo!” From Godfather 2