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Hometown: Kenora, Ont.
Currently Resides: Winnipeg Occupation: Journalist
Signature Dish: Pan seared Arctic Char with Ratatouille-infused quinoa and basil/arugula oil sauce
Mike is a freelance journalist from Winnipeg who started cooking at 15. He remembers falling in love with Greek food as a teenager and wanting to learn everything he could about it. Mike lists short ribs, kale, chard, and squash among his favourite ingredients in the kitchen. Mike is an experienced traveler, having visited Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, France, Nicaragua, and Panama, among others. He credits his global journey as his primary inspiration for cooking, and while he considers himself a very private person, he’s proud of the fact that he just married his girlfriend of 11 years this past summer.
Food journalism is Mike’s passion and he’d love to push himself further in that arena if he wins MASTERCHEF CANADA, along with opening a gastropub in Winnipeg! He applied to the show to challenge himself and put his skills to the test under intense pressure. His dream job would be anything involving his three passions – food, travel, and writing. Being a travel writer for Vanity Fair or working as a New York Times food columnist would top his list.