Mike Colameco is the host of the popular, long standing,PBS series “Mike Colameco’s Real Food” airing year-round weekly on 13WNET at 3PM and Sundays on NJTV at 3:30 PM and nationally on CREATE TV 3 times per day Sunday through Fridays starting September 5th, 2014. The PBS shows can also be viewed on any handheld or computer streamed live via the 13WNET.org or PBS.org web sites, and soon on AMAZON Prime. Mike also hosts the popular Mike Colameco’s Food Talk on the Heritage Radio Network Weekly, October through June, Thursdays from 4 – 5PM streamed live and pod cast on iTunes and Stitcher. His book, Mike Colameco’s Food Lovers Guide to New York City was published by John Wiley and Sons in 2009, he writes a regular column in each issue of Guitar Aficionado and has written as well for Saveur, Edible Manhattan and Edible New Jersey.
Michael was born and raised in Philadelphia where he started working in restaurants at the age of 13. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America he worked as a line cook at “Four Season’s Restaurant” under Chef Seppi Rengli in 1982. Throughout the 1980s, he was Sous Chef at “Maurice Restaurant,” Restaurant Chef at “Cellar in the Sky” “Windows on The World,” Exec. Sous Chef/Night Chef at “Tavern on The Green”, Executive Chef at “The Ritz Carlton” on Central Park South in NYC and the Chef Owner of the “Globe Restaurant” in Cape May, NJ for 6 seasons.
Mike’s hobbies include playing and collecting electric and acoustic guitars, running, open water ocean swimming, weight lifting, bird watching, surfing, karate, boxing, listening to music and of course dining out all over Manhattan and pairing food and wine.
’71 – ’78 worked through Junior High, High School, and College, cooking in kitchens throughout the Philadelphia Metro region Graduated from The Culinary Institute of America
’82 Line Cook, Four Season’s Restaurant under Chef Seppi Renglid
’82 – ’83 Sous Chef, Maurice Restaurant under Chef Christian Delouvrier and consulting Michelin 3 Star Chef Alain Senderens
’84 Restaurant Chef, Cellar in the Sky/Windows on The World with Chefs Eberhard Muehler and Herman Reiner
’85 – ’86 Executive Sous Chef/Night Chef, Tavern on The Green with Chefs Stefan Kopf and Reto Demarmels
’86 – ’87 Executive Chef, The Ritz Carlton Central Park South, NYC
’88 – ’93 Chef/Owner, Globe Restaurant Cape May, NJ
’93 – ’06 self employed as an Import Food Broker, MECO Trading representing and consulting for overseas Food Manufacturers and sourcing supply for US Based Importer Distributors
’00 – present Host/Producer Colameco’s Food Show airing on Public television Channels 13WNET and WNJN
’06 -’12- Host of Food Talk on WOR Radio, airing live 6 days a week via WOR and 64 other nationally affiliated network stations
2013- Host Producer of Mike Colameco’s Food Talk on the Heritage Radio Network