Meet Chef Mike!
PhatBurn is psyched to introduce Chef Michael Giletto to the pham. Chef Mike is a rockstar both in and out of the kitchen.
Mike developed his love of culinary arts as a young child during his time spent harvesting fresh ingredients from the land his family farmed and watching these ingredients be transformed into family feasts.
From this early interest in the kitchen Mike has successfully expanded his culinary calling to encompass numerous awards and nominations as well as national television and radio media appearances.
Giletto’s culinary creations are inspired mainly by French, Sicilian and American cultures. His Sicilian heritage allows him to add the flair and wide range of bold flavors found in Mediterranean cooking to other cuisines.
“The style of my food reflects exquisite, sophisticated, contemporary, American cuisine with Mediterranean influences,” says Chef Giletto. “I focus on locally-grown products, seasonal ingredients, impeccable presentation, and cutting-edge menu choices to create a truly memorable dining experience.”
A key element of Chef Giletto’s philosophy is that food should be as fresh and as local as possible. He has a carefully cultivated network of area growers/suppliers who enable Giletto to practice what he believes is best for procuring and serving food. Mike plans on attending the local White Plains Farmers market to hold true to this philosophy.
After graduating from the JNA Institute of the Culinary Arts in Philadelphia, he was awarded the “Chef of the Year Award” from the American Culinary Foundation (ACF).
Mike has also made numerous appearances on “Iron Chef America,” “Chopped” and “Ultimate Recipe Showdown.” He also competed on The Tyra Banks Show and won the title of “Top Pop Chef.”
In addition, Mike is an established fitness competitor which means he bring his expertise on healthy living to the PhatBurn kitchen. He knows how to make healthy meals taste good.
He is a Mr. America runner up in 1995 & 96, winner of the muscle beach classic and won the Atlantic coast championship.
Chef Mike has a 2 children, his daughter Ava and son Grayson. He is engaged to his sweetheart Dominique.
Mike loves hockey and spending time with his kids. His favorite holiday is Halloween because he loves playing pranks on people and enjoys going to the beach and flexing those muscles.
Some well know celebrities Mike has had the pleasure of cooking for include Nicholas Cage, Patti Labelle and Queen Latifah.
We couldn’t be more excited to have Chef Mike on the team.
“Respectfully yours in good food, health and nutrition!”