Michael was born in Stockton and graduated from Stagg High School in 1992. His family has been in business in Lodi for 50 years. Michael has worked for a few restaurants in the local area and honed his skills at several reputable locations in Sacramento, including Paragarys, Baileys, and Bandera. In 2005 Michael moved to Las Vegas where he worked at the Palms Casino, Empire Ballroom, Nu Sanctuary and Encore Beach Club. In 2012 Michael moved back to Lodi and began searching for a place of his own.