Chef Mike Isolani of Bouligny Tavern - Biography

New Orleans, LA

March 2012

A native of Louisiana, Michael Isolani has been working in restaurants since the age of 16. He spent the early part of his career in Orlando, studying at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and serving an apprenticeship at the award-winning Norman's in The Ritz-Carlton, where he was later hired as Chef de Partie.

Isolani returned to Louisiana to work with Chef Scott Boswell at the acclaimed Stella! restaurant in the French Quarter. After rising to Sous Chef under Boswell, Isolani joined the kitchen at Lilette in 2008. In 2010, he was selected as part of the opening team as Chef de Cuisine at Bouligny Tavern, working closely with chef/owner John Harris in carefully developing a unique menu featuring small plates of deliciously upscale late night "bar food."