Chef Mike Isabella of G Sandwich Shop - Biography
For Mike Isabella, becoming a chef meant a hopscotch down the East Coast, picking up new skills with each destination. He got his start at The Restaurant School in New York, working in some of the city’s best kitchens. Isabella then moved to Philadelphia, cooking under Douglas Rodriguez at Alma de Cuba, delving deeply into Latin cuisine with Jose Garces at El Vez, and learning meticulous fine dining as executive sous chef of Marcus Samuelsson’s Washington Square.
Isabella’s next stop was Atlanta and seafood-driven Greek restaurant Kyma, inspiring culinary tours of Greece and the Middle East. Back in the States worked as executive chef of Jose Andres’s high concept Mediterranean Zaytinya before opening Graffiato, where he pays homage to his Italian American grandmother and the flavors of his New Jersey childhood. But Isabella isn’t done. The “Top Chef All Stars” runner-up, Food & Wine “People’s Best New Chef, Mid-Atlantic,” and Crazy Good Italian cookbook author recently opened Mexican-inspired Bandolero, and has plans to open Greek concept Kapnos and Italian sandwich shop G Sandwich Shop.