A native New Yorker, Michael Wurster initially set out to Catholic University in Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in law. Halfway through his pre-law studies, Wurster realized his true passion lay in the kitchen, not the courtroom. Wurster received his degree in Culinary Arts from the famed Culinary Institute of America and immediately began working under some of the most heralded chefs in the world, including Chefs Alain Ducasse at Alain Ducasse NY, Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Sottah Kuhn at Le Cirque 2000 and David Feau at Lutece.
Highlights during Chef Wurster’s impressive career include being appointed Chef de Cuisine of Lutece at age 26, being named “Chef to Watch” by John Mariani and receiving critical acclaim in Food Arts and The New York Times. While Executive Chef at ICON at W New York – The Court, Wurster contributed to the creation of brand menus for W Hotels Worldwide. He was chosen among New York City’s most elite culinary talents to head the kitchen as Chef de Cuisine at Gordon Ramsay at The London.
A highly creative, detail-oriented chef with a strong work ethic and a passion for artistic culinary expression, Wurster strives to challenge himself daily, both in and out of the kitchen. He is currently putting his talent and creativity to use as Culinary Director in the Northeast for Restaurant Associates at Google.