Where I am now?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, sorry about that! I’ve been primarily using my Facebook to keep in touch with my fans, but I realize that some people don’t have facebook and others might find me for the first time via this website. I decided to give you guys a brief rundown of what I’m doing now.

I left Canada at the end of January. For a variety of reasons, my boss and I both felt like it was a good time to leave. I spend a few days vacationing in Montreal, and then flew back to Dallas, where Ben Starr, his partner Christian, their roommate Chris, their neighbor Sharon, and the lovely Jennie Kelley have been my friends and family for over a month. I’ve served as the Executive Sous Chef at the 3 Valentines day FRANK dinners, purchased a fun little convertible, signed a lease for an apartment, and last but not least, got hired as the Executive Chef/Kitchen Manager of the Kessler Theater. A lot has been going on, so I apologize if I haven’t been as interactive as I’ve been in the past.

The job at the Kessler is an incredible opportunity. I will finally have the chance to create my own bar menu, from conceptualization to execution. I’ve shared my food twice with the public: once for a tasting during the hiring process, and once for a special open house event. I’ve had to do everything from running around purchasing equipment, to establishing relationships with vendors like the Dallas Mozzarella Company (check them out, they’re amazing!!), and interviewing/training staff. It’s a LOT of responsibility that I haven’t had in the past, and while inevitably there will be some bumps at the beginning, I am confident that I will be able to grow into my role quickly. The kitchen will finally open for full time service over the next couple of days, so stop by for a drink, see a show, and have some small bites :).

Thanks for your continued support you guys! I can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate it. Some days, knowing that I have an army of people pushing me forward gives me the determination to continue when I want to take the easy way out. Now things are slowly falling into place, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me :).

With love,



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About Michael Chen

A contestant on season 3 of FOX's MasterChef! Tune in on June 4 and 5 at 9/8c to watch me compete in the top 100 home cooks in America!
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3 Responses to Where I am now?

  1. Chris C says:

    You are amazing! Seriously? Executive Chef? Congratulations!
    And truly an inspiration for me who is trying to get into the food industry pushing off my biochem degree (although I did finish it despite my atrocious gpa). I really can’t wait to see where life takes you as you continue to do amazing things!

  2. Hi Michael,
    My boyfriend and I were huge fans of yours during season 3 and loved Ben Starr’s post about how well it all worked out for you. Glad to have found this site and looking forward to keeping up with your blog! :)

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