Michael Garaghty ("Chef Mike") is the newly appointed Executive Chef of Wusthof-Trident of America, Inc., the premier cutlery company. In his new role, Chef Mike will preside and appear in Wusthof-sponsored cooking videos, cooking events, as well as develop proprietary recipes and other culinary materials for use in retail and consumer marketing programs.
Chef Mike has more than 25 years of experience in the professional food service industry, which includes founding and managing his Plymouth, Minnesota-based catering company, A Call To Catering, since 2002. His full-service catering company oversees events ranging in size from 25 to 2,500 guests.
Prior to starting his own company, Chef Mike lead the kitchen of various establishments in his adopted home state of Minnesota, including restaurants, festivals, banquet facilities, dinner theaters and hotels.
Raised in Warwick, Rhode Island, Chef Mike's first taste of the food service industry occurred in 1982, when he took a job as a dishwasher/prep cook at a local pub. At the tender age of 17, Chef Mike instantly fell in love with the frenetic pace and survival mentality of the kitchen. When he moved with his family to Minnesota in 1984, he took a job as a line cook at a very busy supper club for the summer, which to the chagrin of his worried folks, did not end when fall approached. In time, Chef Mike progressed through the kitchen ranks from night sous chef, to head chef and executive chef, at numerous establishments.
As he trained and was exposed to the best talent in the industry, Chef Mike also discovered the pleasure and satisfaction of cooking with the best tools, including Wusthof knives, the gold standard in professional quality, precision forged cutlery. Chef Mike continues to enjoy "being in the trenches" with his cooks, and wouldn't think of trading in his equally hard-working and exacting Wusthof knives for any others.