Although Michael White's soulful, flavorful interpretations of Italian cuisine indicate otherwise, Michael is in fact a Midwesterner who spent his childhood in Beloit, Wisconsin. By whim or intuition, White decided to enroll in Kendall Culinary Institute and then secured a position in Chicago's Spiaggia. He studied for seven years at acclaimed San Domeico in Imola before returning to the United Stares. In 2007, White partnered with Ahmass Fakahany, to open Due Terre in New Jersey. In 2008, White opened Due Mari. One year later, Fakahany and White officially formed the Altamarea Group and opened Marea and gained three-stars from The New York Times, a Michelin Star in the 2010 Guide and Best New Restaurant by GQ magazine. Marea was awarded two Michelin stars in the 2011 Guide. In April of 2010, Chef White was named one of the 40 most influential New Yorkers under 40 by Crain's New York Business, and received the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in the country for Marea. In October of 2010, Altamarea Group welcomed Osteria Morini in downtown Manhattan followed shortly thereafter by the opening of Ai Fiori which received 3 Stars from the New York Times. In May 2011, Michael and the Altamarea Group opened Al Molo in Hong Kong. By virtue of greatness, many awards have been granted upon Altamarea Group properties including Marea's 2012 ZAGAT #1 Italian Restaurant NY Award, 2 Michelin Stars, Ai Fiori's Best New Restaurant in Esquire Magazine 2011, ZAGAT 2012 #1 New Restaurant NYC, and Michelin Star. Marea was recently accepted into Relais & Chateaux as well. Altamarea Group opened Nicoletta Pizzeria in New York City's East Village in June 2012. In May 2013, Chef White received his fourth nomination for James Beard Best Chef: NY and Altamarea Group opened their fifth Manhattan location, Costata in Soho, followed shortly thereafter by sixth location, The Butterfly Cocktail Bar and Supper Club in Tribeca. Michael is currently working on his second cookbook, "Cook Like an Italian,” written by Andrew Friedman, foreward by Thomas Keller, to be released in November 2013.
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