Chef Mchael Benjamin Powell
Chef Michael Benjamin Powell
Chef Powell has worked with some of the most respected chefs in the United States as well as received the highest local and national accolades. He has been published in both local and national press including Bon Appetite, Restaurants and Institutions and the New York Times.
Inspired by his Greek grandfather, Powell decided to become a chef at the age of seven. At 10-years-old, he wrote a three-page letter to The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) requesting application for the school. It was at this very young age that he determined his future was destined to be in food. From that day forward, he pursued his dream with great passion and determination. He went on to attend the CIA and was awarded their highest honor, The Frances L. Roth award, for outstanding performance throughout the duration of the culinary arts program and received one of its largest culinary scholarships. At the age of 23, Michael was chosen to compete in a national competition where he placed second in his region for best young chefs in the United States under the age of 27.
Powell's professional experience encompasses experience in many of the best restaurants ranging from coast to coast. He has cooked for national and international leaders, royalty and some of the most recognized celebrities in sports and entertainment. He has spent his life doing what he loves and his passion is evident. As a lifelong student of his craft, Powell's greatest accomplishment is the ability to make people happy by sharing what he loves; in the kitchen, dining room and community. Powell has always believed that possessing a gift delegate's great responsibility and the commitment to give back. As of August 2012, he has raised over $85,000 for various charities that benefit those most in need.
"The greatest mistake a man can make is underestimating the potential of another human," said Chef Powell. "I learn from everyone I work with - from my sous chef to the dishwasher. If you don't consistently learn from those around you than will never know who may inspire you, inspire the food or be that next shining star."