Michael White hails from Beloit, Wisconsin and was enamored with the culinary world early on. He enrolled in the Kendall Culinary Institute and then secured a position in Chicago’s Spiaggia. He studied for seven years at the acclaimed San Domenico in Imola before returning to the United States. He received his first Michelin Star at Fiamma in Soho, NYC. He later opened Marea with Ahmass Fakahany and joined the newly formed parent, the Altamarea Group.
From Marea, Altamarea went on to extend its culinary vision and opened the second Michelin-starred Ai Fiori; Morini restaurants - Osteria and Ristorante - in several locations; and Nicoletta Pizzeria and Nicoletta Italian Kitchen. Outside the United States, Altamarea has a second location of Marea in Dubai, Morini Istanbul, as well as a Morini coming soon to Riyadh, KSA.
Chef White has received recognition from Michelin, The New York Times, James Beard Foundation, Zagat and others.