michael feker

your personal chef and culinary host

2015 Wisconsin's Champion Cheese Event

BIO and background

Michael Feker is a passionate man who spreads that passion and joy of cooking and eating healthy meals through his roles as chef, restaurateur, television personality, culinary schoolteacher, culinary director and consultant, caterer, and cooking demonstration chef.

 

A 27-year veteran in the restaurant industry, Michael dreamed about being in the kitchen since he was a child.  Born in Persia, he's had the benefit of experiencing food from around the world - beginning in Switzerland where he attended school as a child. He later headed to San Francisco and the California Culinary Academy (CCA) and was trained in classical French style by one of the best chefs in the country, Roberto Gerometta. 

 

His first break came from Gerometta who chose Michael to represent CCA aboard the Royal Viking Cruise Line for a four-month, around-the-world assignment. That experience gave him the chance to master his artistry.

 

California noticed Michael, offering him positions at some of the best Italian restaurants, including:  Harry's Bar and Grill in San Francisco, and Chianti Cucina, Locanda Veneta and Sostanza in Los Angeles.  He became Executive Chef at Sostanza and also worked temporarily as a corporate chef at the Nestle Corporation with Gerometta.

 

In 1990 Michael opened his own restaurant in Studio City, to showcase his style. His restaurant, IL MITO, was an overnight success on Ventura Boulevard, near Hollywood film studios. It was so popular he added a second restaurant to meet the demand of Hollywood stars and studio employees alike. 

 

After meeting and marrying his wife, he brought his IL MITO brand to Milwaukee — her hometown — in 1997. Then in 2006, he opened his Wauwatosa location, which now has so many fans, they're nicknamed "the Fekeroodies." In 2008, he expanded that location to include CMF's School of Culinary Magic/Chef's Counter, where he hosts private cooking lessons, gourmet wine and beer tastings, private cooking demonstrations and corporate events.

 

In 2013, he brought IL MITO East to downtown Milwaukee, serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a casual fine dining setting, with full gluten-free options and a globally-inspired Sunday Brunch with build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. IL MITO East closed its doors in October of 2014 to make room for his newest venture.

 

In 2015, Michael opened Zesti in Hartland, Wis. Based on his worldly travels and experiences, combined with Michael’s passion for food and culinary artistry, Zesti serves up global cuisine from South African to Chinese.

 

In addition to his restaurants, Michael also works as a culinary consultant to Wisconsin's largest healthcare provider, Aurora Health Care. He assists them in revamping and reviving their culinary techniques and practices to bring fresh and pure foods to both patients and staff. His cooking videos are also shown on their in-house television network for patients to view.

 

Michael lives in Milwaukee with his family 

MEDIA and appearences
the flavor PRESS

Michael appears on Milwaukee’s WISN at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday morning. His show, “Our Dinner Bell,” showcases family friendly dishes and walks through each step of the cooking process.    

 

He was also featured on Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the episode “Aisle and Error” which aired November 16, 2014. He took second in the competition.

 

In the past, Michael has showcased his healthy cuisine on WITI's FOX6 Wake Up Friday mornings, as well as on the Weekend Wake Up, Saturday mornings. His show, Feker's Kitchen, has a mission to get viewers/guests to experience food: get back to the table to share both nourishment and conversation with family and friends.

 

He has also been seen on the Morning Blend, WTMJ4 (NBC), mentioned in articles and interviewed for print and broadcast outlets in Southeast Wisconsin.

 

  • Best Milwaukee Restaurants, 2013—2015

  • Diners' Choice Winner (Fit for Foodies, Italian, Neighborhood Gem, Best Service), 2013—2015

  • Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, 2013

  • Reader's Choice Awards, 2012

  • Local Eats That Tempt & Treat, 2012

  • Dining Guide:  Where to Go and What to Expect, 2012

  • Diners' Choice List Winner, 2012

  • Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, 2011

  • Reader's Choice, 2010

  • Top 50 Restaurants of America, 2009

  • Most Non-Profit Volunteering, 2009

  • Chef of the Year, 2009

  • 3.5 Stars, 2001

  • Chef to the Stars, 1995, 1996, 1997

  • California IL MITO received 4-star rating by California Food Writers Association, 1994, 1995

  • THE place that is not Spago, 1993, 1994

  • Best Chef of Year by California Food Writers Association (CFWA), 1993

  • California IL MITO named Best of LA by 1992

  • California's Best New Chef of the Year, 1991

AWARDS and accolades
  • Kohler Food & Wine Experience (National & Midwest stages)

  • The International Houseware Show (cooking demonstrations, 2010-13)

  • National Restaurant Association Show (cooking demonstrations)

  • Boelter Companies resident Chef, Cooking Class creator, Corporate Culinary Consultant (2012-13)

  • Nestle Foods Chocolate Fest (presenter, 2012)

  • Stillwater's Cancer Center (culinary director, chair and emcee)

  • Fagor USA Culinary Consultant (2010-13)

  • Wisconsin Wine and Dine, main stage presenter, 2010-12

  • Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force (donating culinary performances to help feedthe hungry at the Wisconsin State Fair and more)

  • Wisconsin Wine and Dine (culinary performer and celebrity judge)

  • Home Builders Expo (culinary presenter and design consultant)

  • Growing Power and Alice's Garden (sourcing food locally to help others get access to fresh, pure, healthy ingredients)

APPEARANCES and demonstrations
WHERE ARE WE?

 

6913 W North Ave,

Wauwatosa WI 53213

 

414 - 443 - 1414

EXPERIENCE MORE

 

Zesti  | Hartland, Wisconsin

Catering  |  globally-inspired cuisine

Events  |  chef's counter, private dining

Apply  |  join our culinary or service team

OPENING HOURS

Dinner  |  tues - thur  |  5 - 9

Dinner | fri - sat | 5 - 10 

Dinner | sun | 5 - 8

 

                                                                               © 2015 by IL MITO restaurants / CMF Entertainment.

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