Meet Chef Mike

DSC_9432 copyChef Mike is our Corporate Chef and Manager of Culinary Services. He is responsible for the development and administration of all culinary functions at Tampa Maid as they relate to recipes, new product ideation and applications, product training and presentations of Tampa Maid’s products in the marketplace.
Earning numerous awards in both academic and culinary competitions, he graduated Valedictorian of the prestigious Cordon Bleu program at the Orlando Culinary Academy.  Placing his initial emphasis on fine dining, he joined the professional culinary teams of two of the country’s finest five-star restaurants, Blackberry Farm and Disney’s Victoria & Albert’s.  Advancing to the business aspect of the culinary arts, he then served as the Corporate Recipe Development Chef for Publix Super Markets from 2006 until 2013 when he was welcomed to Tampa Maid Foods.

Chef Mike has worked with many of the world’s most talented culinary professionals, has been a featured chef at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, and presented innovative culinary concepts to guests at Disney’s EPCOT Food & Wine Festival for five consecutive years.  A relentless student of food in all its presentations, Mike takes every opportunity to explore the fascinating history, chemistry, the culture and the art of beautiful cooking.

“Every plate is a new beginning.  Every customer is a new opportunity.  I truly enjoy finding exciting menu solutions to utilize the fantastic products from Tampa Maid Foods.  There are endless possibilities we can develop with these items, but I look forward to crafting the perfect combinations and applications that will create enjoyment and value for your customers.”  – Chef Mike Grimes