Kitchen Expert Mike and Annette
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  • Mike and Annette

    Originally from Warwick, Rhode Island, I moved to the Minneapolis area where I began my career on the ground floor, working as a line cook. It was there that I discovered my passion and fell in love with food and the culinary industry.

    I then moved into a Sous Chef position at a Minneapolis hotel. This is where I honed my skills under the watchful eye of the Executive Chef, who was also a former culinary instructor. Eventually, I became the Executive Chef, taking the reins from my mentor.

    From there, I continued my career leading the kitchens of various establishments, including my own full-service catering company. I transitioned into a corporate chef and taught hundreds of cooking and knife skill classes, from Alaska to Hawaii, Florida to Maine and everywhere in between. I also was featured on the main stage at several wine and food events across the country. I appeared in many local and national TV spots.

    Currently I continue to share my passion for cooking and teaching and I would love to help you discover the right tools for you and help you become the best you can be in the kitchen!

    I've helped 4,102 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
    159 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
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    CategoryKitchen Expert
    Customers helped4,102
    Current locationSpring, TX
    BirthdayAugust 5
    Favorite beerFocal Banger
    My QualificationChef - 30 years
    Favorite knife8" Chef knife
    Home townPlymouth MN
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    I've helped 4,102 people find the right product - I'd love to help you too!
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    Reviewer: brittany
    Mike is wonderful!
    I was really unsure about using curated but it was seriously the easiest experience ever! I communicated my needs, he curated them to fit our needs and lifestyle, gave us several options for each item in various prices and was honest about it all. I never felt like he was trying to upsell or get me for my money. We exchanged several jokes and he was beyond easy to talk to! Each time I needed a price renewed he did it immediately and was so quick to respond! Can't wait to get our cookware!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 21, 2023
    Kitchen Expert Mike and Annette
    Reviewer: Margaret
    Margaret's experience with Mike
    After spending a confusing several days shopping for pots and pans some how I ended up on this site. Michael took over for me and made picking out pots pans and more so easy. I could do it in my sleep, almost !!! I am so thankful for this experience. It’s a first for me but not a last. Thank you Michael!!!! If I could get you to do all my shopping what a wonderful world it would be.
    Verified Review | Submitted on May 21, 2023
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    Reviewer: Jennifer
    Jennifer's experience with Mike
    Michael helped select new pots and pans for me after 25 years of using the same set. It's beautiful, functional, and durable - I can't wait to spend the next 25 years cooking with this set. In addition, Michael had a chance to sell me an additional product but asked me questions and ultimately provided tips to take care of what I have to make it work for me - so cool! And finally his bread pan selection was spot on. 5 star experience call the way. Took the guesswork out of finding what I needed after too long researching on my own.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Apr 23, 2023
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    Reviewer: Jackie
    Thank you Michael!
    I was a bit skeptical about being paired with an “expert” on cookware, thinking it would be AI or scripted. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a message from a real person! Michael asked important questions about my needs and price range and gave me several options and insight on each product. I ended up purchasing his top pick and absolutely love my pots & pans. I also want to add that in my line of work, customer service and follow up are very important. Not only did Michael provide friendly, honest and personalized service, he followed up multiple times throughout the process and again at the 1 month make to be sure I was satisfied with my purchase. Sending a great big Texas “Thanks” to you for your help Michael!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 15, 2023
    Kitchen Expert Mike and Annette
    Reviewer: Sandy
    Sandy's experience with Mike
    Michael was very helpful and knowledgeable about which type of knife would be best for me at this time.I will purchase from him again in the future for sure as my skills improve and I need more knives. Michael was extremely patient with my 37 questions. He truly wanted me to get the knife that would work best for me at the same time having me be pleased with my purchase.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 12, 2023
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    Reviewer: Hannah
    Hannah's experience with Mike
    Mike was very helpful and truly found the perfect set of cookware for us. Not only did it include everything we asked for, but the price was phenomenal. We will definitely shop with Mike and Curated again the next time we are in the market!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Aug 16, 2023
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    Reviewer: Andrew
    Micheal was great.
    I was very hesitant but Micheal worked with me to get the best deal. I took me about a week to decide if I was ready to purchase and Micheal was there with any answers that I needed. He also extended my offer so I could get the best deal. Even after a few days of silence on my end. He did not bug me and was not pushy.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 15, 2023
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    Reviewer: K
    Michael was awesome!
    Quickly responded. Easy to chat with, asked questions to to figure what I was looking for and made great recommendations. Definitely saves me time from doing extra research. Top pick was one I’ve been eyeing for years and also offered a couple more that I haven’t heard of but has me intrigued. Thank you very much!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 22, 2023
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    Reviewer: elisa
    MIchael was wonderful to work with!
    I have never really used an expert like this but with Michael, the experience was very fluent and smooth! He is very knowledgeable as well as witty and approachable. The whole experience helped me to ensure my son gets the best chef's knife for Christmas that I can get him!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 5, 2023
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    Reviewer: Renee
    Renee's experience with Mike
    Mike was fantastic! Knowledgeable, personable, took the time to really understand my needs and wants, answered all of my questions. His expertise made process seamless and he is surely an asset for Curated.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Sep 8, 2023
    Mike and Annette
    5.0 from 159 reviews
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