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Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Chef Michael Saperstein unknowingly began his culinary career working summer cooking jobs as a teenager. He has since worked at some of the countries highest rated restaurants. Chef Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami in 1999 with a degree in culinary arts. Since then he's worked Aureole and Park Avenue Café in New York City, as well as Café Maxx in Pompano Beach, Bistro 17 in Fort Lauderdale, and Gotham City Restaurant and Bar in Delray Beach. In 2004 Michael teamed up with Toni and Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch in Fort Lauderdale to launch Wine Watch Unique Catering Services. Chef Michael has been awarded numerous 4 star reviews for his cuisine and has also been nominated for a "James Beard Rising Star in Culinary Arts" award. He describes his food as "Seasonal Fare" prepared with a modern French twist, focusing on exceptional ingredients, big flavors, with a fun/ playful twist.

In 2006 Chef Saperstein partnered up with successful Entrepreneur Evan S David, to form E&M Innovative Foods. E&M was created to provide out of the box expert consulting for the food industry. After consulting for the prestigious K&G Brothers wholesale meat distributor, E&M was offered a long-term partnership. From the time E&M joined K&G Brothers revenues grew by 400%. K&G was recently acquired by Halpern's Steak & Seafood. E&M has continued their involvement and are now contracted with Halpern's as product consultants and high profile account specialists.

In 2008 Evan & Mike created E&M Munchies Holding Corp. The purpose of E&M Munchies is to take their skills to the street to create the much needed "Slow Food, Fast" concept. E&M created their first QSR "Quick Service Restaurant" concept Charm City Burger. Charm City Burger, a smashing success was the catalyst for creating El Jefe Luchador "Hardcore Mexican Street Food". Utilizing the valuable lessons from Charm City Burger, E&M created El Jefe to be their prototype for an aggressive QSR chain model. El Jefe Luchador has seen great growth over the first year in business, earning smashing reviews and accolades. In 2011 E&M created The Rebel House, a renegade restaurant concept to become the forerunner in the gourmet casual segment. Rebel house is in its 3nd year of business and has been garnishing acclaim since opening its doors. In May of 2014 E&M opened up its 2nd outlet of El Jefe Luchador in the Food Court of The Boca Town Center Mall.

In 2011 Chef Saperstein was given the honor of being named top 10 chefs in South Florida for his visionary thinking. He currently overseas culinary operations for E&M Munchies, E& M Innovative Foods, and as Product & High Profile Account Specialist at Halpern's Steak & Seafood.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Chef Michael Saperstein unknowingly began his culinary career working summer cooking jobs as a teenager. He has since worked at some of the countries highest rated restaurants. Chef Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University in North Miami in 1999 with a degree in culinary arts. Since then he's worked Aureole and Park Avenue Café in New York City, as well as Café Maxx in Pompano Beach, Bistro 17 in Fort Lauderdale, and Gotham City Restaurant and Bar in Delray Beach. In 2004 Michael teamed up with Toni and Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch in Fort Lauderdale to launch Wine Watch Unique Catering Services. Chef Michael has been awarded numerous 4 star reviews for his cuisine and has also been nominated for a "James Beard Rising Star in Culinary Arts" award. He describes his food as "Seasonal Fare" prepared with a modern French twist, focusing on exceptional ingredients, big flavors, with a fun/ playful twist.

In 2006 Chef Saperstein partnered up with successful Entrepreneur Evan S David, to form E&M Innovative Foods. E&M was created to provide out of the box expert consulting for the food industry. After consulting for the prestigious K&G Brothers wholesale meat distributor, E&M was offered a long-term partnership. From the time E&M joined K&G Brothers revenues grew by 400%. K&G was recently acquired by Halpern's Steak & Seafood. E&M has continued their involvement and are now contracted with Halpern's as product consultants and high profile account specialists.

In 2008 Evan & Mike created E&M Munchies Holding Corp. The purpose of E&M Munchies is to take their skills to the street to create the much needed "Slow Food, Fast" concept. E&M created their first QSR "Quick Service Restaurant" concept Charm City Burger. Charm City Burger, a smashing success was the catalyst for creating El Jefe Luchador "Hardcore Mexican Street Food". Utilizing the valuable lessons from Charm City Burger, E&M created El Jefe to be their prototype for an aggressive QSR chain model. El Jefe Luchador has seen great growth over the first year in business, earning smashing reviews and accolades. In 2011 E&M created The Rebel House, a renegade restaurant concept to become the forerunner in the gourmet casual segment. Rebel house is in its 3nd year of business and has been garnishing acclaim since opening its doors. In May of 2014 E&M opened up its 2nd outlet of El Jefe Luchador in the Food Court of The Boca Town Center Mall.

In 2011 Chef Saperstein was given the honor of being named top 10 chefs in South Florida for his visionary thinking. He currently overseas culinary operations for E&M Munchies, E& M Innovative Foods, and as Product & High Profile Account Specialist at Halpern's Steak & Seafood.