Originally from Little Ferry, New Jersey, Michael Isabella became known as an executive chef at Zaytinya. The self-taught Washington, DC-resident says his favorite summer recipe is squash blossoms. He says he has traveled to a lot of places just to perfect his culinary technique, including Greece and parts of the Middle East, where he has picked up techniques and flavors. Among all ingredients, however, he says his favorite dish to prepare is the octopus.
A contestant of Bravo's reality series Top Chef, Mike proved his skills on the sixth season of the show. Though he was eliminated on the 11th episode, he was still asked to return for the All-Stars edition in 2010.
As for his personal life, he married Stacy Nemeth on August 29, 2009 Mount Airy Mansion in Upper Marlboro.