Michael Gulotta is one of the chefs competing in Food Network's "Iron Chef Gauntlet."

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, chef Michael Gulotta began cooking in local restaurants at a young age. After graduating from the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, he joined the newly opened Restaurant August under Chef John Besh. Gulotta then took leave to train in the Italian Riviera and Germany's Black Forest. When Hurricane Katrina hit, he returned home to help rebuild and assist with August's re-opening. He was named Chef de Cuisine in 2007 and led the award-winning kitchen for six years, while establishing relationships with local farmers and purveyors.

Michael opened his first restaurant, MOPHO, in January of 2014 with his brother, Jeffrey Gulotta, and high-school friend, Jeffrey Bybee. Located in New Orleans' Mid City, MOPHO strives to be a true neighborhood restaurant and a destination for Southeast Asian inspired cuisine utilizing the Louisiana pantry. In its first year MOPHO was nominated for "America's Best New Restaurant" by Bon Appétit Magazine and named "Restaurant of the Year" by New Orleans Magazine. Gulotta was recently named one of "Top 30 Chefs to Watch" by Plate Magazine, "New Orleans Rising Star" by Starchefs, and 2016 "Best New Chef" by Food & Wine magazine. His team recently opened its second full service restaurant, Maypop, in the Central Business District of New Orleans.


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Birthplace: New Orleans, LA

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