About the Chef
Chef Mike Thompson has been in the food and beverage arena since 1988. His professional training is from Johnson & Wales University at Vail. He was the recipient of the University Director’s Distinguished Graduate Award, the school’s highest award for culinary and academic excellence.
After several years of cooking in Vail and St. Louis; Mike returned to his South Louisiana home. He opened his first culinary venture, Chef du Jour, in 2001. Hurricane Katrina quickly altered the future of Chef du Jour. Mike joined the leadership team of Whole Foods Market during his family’s evacuation in Baton Rouge, then moved back to New Orleans to re-open the storm damaged Veterans’ store. Now settled in Austin, Chef Mike is excited to share his passion and knowledge through cooking, culinary classes and all things Cajun/Creole.