Michele Sampson

Chef Sampson has extensive experience running fine dining kitchens as well as product development for restaurant chains. She specializes in Italian/Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, and believes the greatest reward of being a chef is to see people enjoy, and be nurtured by, the food she’s prepared.


  • Culinary Institute of America/AOS degree


  • Fine Dining for 27 yrs.

Major Achievements/Awards:

  • Worked with (or have done benefits with) Julia Child, Jacque Pepin, Hubert Keller, Ming Tsai, Ken Hom, Alice Waters, Jeramiah Tower.
  • Voted “Manager of the Year” 3 times while at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Work History:

  • Webvan, CA—Culinary Director
  • Chevys Mexican Restaurants, San Francisco—Production Development Manager
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco—Executive Chef
  • Santa Fe Bar & Grill, Berkeley, CA—Sous Chef
  • Chez Thoa, Denver, CO—Executive Chef
  • Several smaller restaurants in NY

Favorite Food:

  • Anything Asian

Favorite Minor’s® Product:

  • Minor’sChipotle Flavor Concentrate



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