Celebrity chef speaker Michael Davis is a strong supporter of local farmers and their ingredients within his cooking. After growing up in Dothan, Alabama, Chef Michael moved to South Carolina, where he worked as an apprentice chef at Magnolia’s. He would later move onto to work for Master Chef Susan Spicer, a James Beard Award winning chef and mentor to Chef Davis at her restaurant called Bayona in New Orleans. This apprenticeship would lead Chef Davis to the prestigious position of working as sous chef to another James Beard Award winner, Chef Frank Stitt at his restaurant, Chez Fon Fon in Birmingham, Alabama.
Throughout his travels, Celebrity Chef Michael Davis maintained his love for local ingredients, and when he opened his restaurant, Terra in South Carolina, he would receive rave reviews for his choice of ingredients. Chef Michael Davis continues to earn awards for his restaurant including Restaurant Hospitality’s Rising Star Award in 2009 and the Wine Spectator Award for seven consecutive years.
Celebrity Chef Davis’ first television appearance would be on a local station, explaining why local farms and their food were so important to not only his dishes, but people’s health as well. He was recently named a Rising Star by Restaurant Hospitality magazine, and has appeared on NPR’s famous food show, A Chef’s Table. He also appeared in a 2011 issue of Garden & Gun magazine. Chef Michael Davis travels the country for cooking demonstrations and appearances yearly, giving audiences a feel for what it’s like to cook with fresh and local ingredients.