Chef / Owner
Michael Dragon is a native New Yorker who discovered an interest and talent for cooking at an early age. Michael grew up in Schenectady and attended a high school vocational program for the culinary arts where he became New York State's top culinary student in 1990. Following this recognition, he won a scholarship to the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University of Providence, Rhode Island. Michael is not only a talented chef, but also a businessman schooled in the food and hospitality industry. As a student, he completed a fast-paced, 5000-seat banquet internship which equipped him with superior cooking as well as food service operation skills. Upon graduation, Michael moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he worked with David Barickman, a highly influential chef in the Charleston area. It was during his tenure at Magnolias in Charleston that Michael learned how to put a southern twist on classical Italian food and had the good fortune to meet his business partner, Mark Anton. Now, after much success with Borago, they have moved it to the Choctawhatchee Bay on the North Beach of South Walton into the old 331 South building. They have created Abrazo Latin Kitchen to go in the former Borago space.