Chef Mike Isabella
Mike Isabella is a Washington, D.C.-based chef and restaurateur, owner of Italian-inspired small plates restaurant, Graffiato, and partner of Bandolero, a modern Mexican concept in the heart of Georgetown. Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian is his first cookbook.
Chef Isabella was named FOOD & WINE magazine’s The People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic for 2012. Outside the kitchen, Chef Isabella appeared on Season Six of Top Chef and he was the runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars.
Before opening Graffiato, Chef Isabella was the executive chef of Jose Andres’ Zaytinya where he generated accolades and national attention for Washington, D.C.’s Mediterranean powerhouse restaurant. Chef Isabella’s formal training began at The Restaurant School in New York. After honing his skills in the Big Apple, he moved to Philadelphia, first as a sous chef for James Beard award winner Douglas Rodriguez at Alma de Cuba, then a host of other Stephen Starr restaurants. At El Vez, Chef Isabella learned the true craft of Latin cuisine under the direction of Jose Garces, and as Executive Sous Chef of Marcus Samuelsson’s Washington Square, Chef Isabella educated himself on the art of opening a fine dining establishment.
In late spring, Chef Isabella plans to open Greek concept, Kapnos, and Italian sandwich shop, G. These will be his third and fourth restaurants in Washington, D.C.