Chef Michael Gulotta of MoPho - Biography

New Orleans, LA

September 2015

Born and raised in New Orleans, Michael Gulotta began cooking in local restaurants at age 17. 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, Gulotta 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. 

Gulotta opened his first restaurant, MOPHO, in January of 2014. Located in New Orleans’ Mid City, MOPHO connects the flavors of Southeast Asian with a Louisiana pantry that’s in Gulotta’s bones. In it’s first year MOPHO was nominated for “America’s Best New Restaurant” by Bon Appétit and named “Restaurant of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine.