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IN THE NORMAN ROCKWELL VERSION OF HIS LIFE, MIKE CLAIMS “I DIDN’T FIND COOKING…IT FOUND ME.”

ANYWAY…MIKE REMEMBERS WANTING TO BE A CHEF EVER SINCE HE WAS 14 AND HAS AN UNCANNY ABILITY TO THINK IN TERMS OF TASTE. HE CAN COMBINE INGREDIENTS AND FLAVORS IN HIS HEAD AND CREATE A NEW, DELICIOUS DISH WITHOUT A SINGLE INGREDIENT IN FRONT OF HIM.

MIKE WAS THE EXECUTIVE CHEF AT BARDO FOR 3 YEARS AND OFFICIALLY BECAME AN OWNER OF BARDO IN 2008. MIKE MOVED TO STILL WHERE HE IS THE EXECUTIVE CHEF/PARTNER. BEFORE JOINING BARDO IN 2003, MIKE CUT HIS CHOPS AT SOME CLASSIC NORFOLK RESTAURANTS. HE WAS THE EXECUTIVE CHEF AT CRACKERS IN GHENT FOR 4 YEARS, EXECUTIVE CHEF AT BIENVILLE GRILL FOR 2 YEARS AND SOUS CHEF AT THE FAMED CAFÉ ROSSO FOR A YEAR.

BESIDES STANDING ON HIS FEET ALL DAY TAKING INANE REQUESTS FROM OUR “CHERISHED” CUSTOMERS, MIKE ENJOYS BIG GAME HUNTING AND FLYING SMALL PLANES. NO, SERIOUSLY, HE ENJOYS SHOOTING POOL (HE WON A TRIP TO VEGAS IN 2008), WAKE BOARDING ON DAVE NYE’S BOAT AND PLAYING GOLF.

At some point in your life, you've probably thought about opening a restaurant. These guys actually did it. Check out their bios to confirm their insanity.
Chef Mike Farrell
Eric Stevens
Karl Dornemann
Dave Nye
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