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Olivia Wilder

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Mike Isabella is the Chef/Owner of "Graffiato," which opened in June 2011 in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The 130-seat Italian-inspired spot features small plates, locally cured meats, artisanal pizzas, and pastas with seasonal ingredients influenced by the food Chef Isabella grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian-American grandmother. Chef Isabella was named "Food & Wine" magazine's "The People’s Best New Chef Mid-Atlantic" winner for 2012.
Chef Isabella's formal training began at The Restaurant School in New York, where he took classes and cooked his way through some of New York City's finest establishments, and eventually relocating to Atlanta, where Mike became Chef de Cuisine at a top Greek restaurant, "Kyma," immersing himself in the traditions of one of the world's oldest cuisines. Traveling through Greece and the Middle East, Chef Isabella learned the nuances of these cuisines, which helped form a base for his culinary imagination.
Chef Isabella appeared on "Top Chef," season 6,  and was the runner-up on "Top Chef All-Stars." In 2012, he published his first cookbook  titled "Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian." In 2013, Chef Isabella plans to open the Greek concept, "Kapnos," and Italian sandwich shop, "G,"  making four restaurants in Washington, D.C.
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