Chef Michael Braddock is from St. Augustine, Florida where he attended the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts. He served his apprenticeship at the Raintree Restaurant, a top ten rated restaurant in Florida. His love of cooking began at the early age of six. With the nurturing and encouragement of his mother, Shirley Braddock, His interest and skill in cooking flourished.
Chef Braddock launched his career as executive chef at the Greyfield Inn, Cumberland Island, Georgia. A private island owned by the Carnegie family. He also worked at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Fifty-Five Restaurant Group, Columbus, Ohio, and the Inn at Cedar Falls, Logan, Ohio; He was the opening chef for RJ Snappers Bar and Gill in Columbus, Ohio. Chef Braddock was the Chef/Owner of Braddock’s Grandview and Braddock’s Diner in Columbus, Ohio and Braddock’s Steak and Seafood In Cranberry, Pennsylvania.
Chef Braddock has been featured in the New York Times, Palm Beach Post, Cincinnati Post, Florida Magazine, Ohio Weekly, the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chef Magazine, Pittsburgh post Gazette, and Food Arts Magazine. Television appearances include NBC-owned Channel 4 in Columbus, Ohio; The Special Sunday Morning Christmas Show, Christmas Special; 5 episodes of House and Garden TV Show, 25 half hour episodes of Columbus Cooks; and CBS- owned KDKA- TV Dave Crawley KD Country show, Pittsburgh.
Chef Braddock placed second in the Ohio Pork Council Competition in 1996. He won first place in the Ohio Pork Council Competition in 1997, then competed in Washington D.C., placing third in the nation. In 1998 he was invited to judge the Ohio Pork Council Competition and competed again in 1999, receiving the Peoples Choice Award and placing first again in the state of Ohio. In 2004 he competed in the Pennsylvania Pork Council Competition placing second in the state.
Chef Braddock spent 2001 and 2002 on the Grand Bahamas Island as a private chef and consultant. While in the Bahamas, he found a love for cooking Caribbean cuisine. In his career, he has prepared dinners for some very important people including John F. Kennedy Jr., Isabella Rosalini, Robert Duvall, Sammy Davis Jr., Helen Reddy, Crystal Gayle, Joe Satriani, Katarina Witt, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Eric Clapton.