Michael Schulson – Alumni Bio

Michael Schulson '95 Executive Chef of Izakaya
Michael Schulson ’95 Executive Chef of Izakaya

Major: Culinary Arts
Job Title: Executive Chef
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Executive Chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson is the charismatic chef and owner of Izakaya, a modern Japanese pub in Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, and the brand-new Sampan, an intimate modern Asian restaurant in Center City, Philadelphia. In addition, he is a natural television personality, and was the star of TLC’s exciting new series “Ultimate Cake Off”.

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Michael Schulson began honing his culinary skills at a young age, watching his mother and grandmother in the kitchen of his Long Island, NY home.

Chef Schulson perfected his unique style of Asian cooking not only in the U.S. but abroad as well. He participated in a cooking class in Thailand’s renowned Chang Mai Cooking School, practicing the traditional preparation of Thai cuisine, and worked at Spago and the Four Seasons Hotel, both in Tokyo.

While he was the executive chef at Buddakan in NYC, the restaurant was named one of America’s Top 50 Restaurants by Travel + Leisure magazine. Chef Schulson is one of the star chefs of “Go Ahead, Make My Dinner,” a cooking show that airs on the Discovery Channel.