My main emphasis in my cooking style is definitely concentrated on achieving the maximum in both flavor and texture in each dish. I also enjoy discussing and demonstrating the cuisines of the country's dishes that I prepare. Having traveled extensively, especially throughout South East Asia, I now incorporate many of its influences in the menus I prepare for you to enjoy.
Michael began his professional cooking career in 1974 as president and executive chef of the catering company “Taste Buds Inc”. He continued in this capacity for twelve years. Among the many catered events he is proud to have catered for her Highness The Queen Mother on her last visit to Montreal in 1987. He also catered functions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the MacDonald Stewart Foundation, as well as the grand opening and many special events at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In 1991 he was executive chef and co-founder of the critically acclaimed Cajun and Creole restaurant La Louisiane. In 1995 he became a partner and executive chef of the restaurant in Club Van Gogh. During his tenure at La Louisiane, he was proud to be the official supplier of all Cajun food to the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 1992 and 1993. He was also executive chef and co-owner of Mesquite Southern BBQ on Decarie Blvd and has served as a food consultant to various restaurants in the Montreal area including “Cajun Blues” in Ste Anne de Bellevue. He also taught at the Pearson Professional Culinary Arts in LaSalle. He is currently a food and dining contributor to the entertainments site www.curtainsup.tv where he writes a weekly recipe column and local restaurant reviews. He was also a Cooking Class Coordinator and Chef Instructor at La Cuisine514 in Montreal and is currently a Chef Instructor at the Loblaws L’Ecole Culinaire in NDG.
Michael Minorgan (Chef Michel) on TV & Radio
In 1994 he was host of the cooking show series “Cajun Cooking with Chef Michel” on CF Cable TV. This was followed in 1995 by “Southern Cooking with Chef Michel” and “More Southern Cooking with Chef Michel” in 1996. In 1999 he appeared in “Chef Michel’s New World Cuisine” on Canal VOX and in 2000 he starred in “Grilling with Chef Michel” also on Canal VOX. Chef Michel has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows in and around Montreal and has conducted many cooking seminars.