This week on Chef’s Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton sits down with Chef Michael Coury, executive chef of OTG Management, a hospitality group that operates more than 200 restaurants and retail concepts in 10 airports across North America. While its competitors often focus on attracting licensed and franchised restaurant brands, OTG maintains full control over almost all of its restaurant concepts, which allows its menus to quickly react to changes in consumer needs.
As Concept Chef, Michael sets the culinary direction for the company. He has assembled some of the region’s hottest chefs to lend their talents to OTG’s restaurants. Coury is a graduate of The French Culinary Institute in New York City and attended the California Sushi Academy, working side by side with Master Sushi Chef Toshi Sugiura. Before joining OTG, he taught at Toscana Saporita in Tuscany and worked with celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Todd English, Charlie Trotter, Jacque Torres, and Alfred Portale.Through his creativity, passion, and unique understanding of food, he has earned two stars from The New York Times, published recipes in La Cucina Italiano and has been featured in Italian Cooking and Living magazine.