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!

    230 reviews averaging 5.0 stars
    Currently offline
    CategoryKitchen Expert
    Customers helped5,336
    Current locationSpring, TX
    BirthdayAugust 5
    Favorite beerFocal Banger
    My QualificationChef - 30 years
    Favorite knife8" Chef knife
    Home townPlymouth MN
    4.98 / 5 stars
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    Kitchen Expert Mike and Annette
    Reviewer: Jen
    Wow!! Amazing service
    I have been trying to research the best safe and quality cookware via the internet. Always skeptical because you don't know what information is real or motivated by communities or other financial reward. Mike and Anne were awesome, super friendly, knowledgeable, funny and the personal video from Anne sealed the deal!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Mar 2, 2024
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    Reviewer: Carlos
    Kitchen guru
    I came in to the whole thing with just a budget and very little knowledge, and once he got what I was looking for he just went right into it gave me more knowledge and the differences between certain brands and got me a really good price and sets (because I was picky) but didn’t matter he had it all planned out for me I knew I was in good hands
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 22, 2024
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    Reviewer: TJ
    Helpful and thoughtful.
    Making a major purchase (knives for me this time) has always been stressful for me. Now that there are so many options at my fingertips, I am often so overwhelmed, I just quit looking. With Mike at Curated, he helped me to see through all the options clearly and efficiently. I was looking for a new chefs knife and maybe a new paring knife at a good price. The options Mike selected for me fit my needs and I was able to look at all of them without pressure to buy. I ended up going with a knife set (because I got really good ones at a good price). I enjoyed this experience.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 18, 2024
    Kitchen Expert Mike and Annette
    Reviewer: Denise
    Highly recommend!
    I was very impressed of the ease of using this service, the recommendations provided, knowledge of the cookware and that there was no pressure to purchase. I had never heard of Curated but will definitely recommend it and use it for future purchases. Additionally it provided exposure to quality brands that I was not aware of. I am looking forward to receiving and using our new cookware
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 16, 2024
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    Reviewer: Jo
    Making it easy
    Michael asked the right questions, made it super easy to get the right knife for my level of food prep. Understood what I was asking. Been looking for about 3 months but was overwhelmed by what's out there. He did all the work in about 8 minutes of texting back and forth. I'm an elder, in my 70s and he saved my mental health, made it so easy. I wish I had started with Michael first. Now back to cooking.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 14, 2024
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    Reviewer: Karen
    Thanks Mike!
    Mike did a nice job of asking me about my priorities in upgrading my kitchen knives, and offered me a good set of options to consider. The amplifying video he provided was super helpful! And he was able to answer some follow-up questions with detail (the weight of a specific knife in a specific set, for example). Really helpful!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 4, 2024
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    Reviewer: Laura
    First time using Curated!
    I knew I needed new pots and pans but was so overwhelmed with the whole process. I took the quiz and got matched with Mike. He was so knowledgeable and down to earth. This whole experience has been wonderful and now I can't wait to get my new pots and pans!!
    Verified Review | Submitted on Feb 29, 2024
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    Reviewer: Jody
    Jody's experience with Mike
    I am so glad i found this website as I was searching for knife sets. Michael, my expert, was a huge help. He asked me what I was looking for, and he was able to make recommendations to what I actually needed. He was also able to get me better pricing than what I saw on other sites. I highly recommend Curated
    Verified Review | Submitted on Jan 8, 2024
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    Reviewer: Riley
    Riley's experience with Mike
    Wow! The help I got from my expert was absolutely amazing. Mike and Annette were so patient as we chatted back and forth before I finally made my decision. My shopping experience was beyond anything I could have hoped for. They made sure to answer all my questions and really made sure that my needs were the top priority.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 15, 2023
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    Reviewer: Taylor
    Very pleasant experience with Mike and Annette!
    Unfortunately I didn’t end up making any purchases due to personal reasons but Mike and Annette were very helpful! They responded very quickly and were very patient. I received a lot of helpful information and they were both very knowledgeable about their recommendations.
    Verified Review | Submitted on Dec 10, 2023
    Mike and Annette
    5.0 from 230 reviews
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