Michael MinnilloGeneral Manager
Michael Minnillo, general manager of The French Laundry, has been a part of the team almost as long as Chef Keller. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael grew up in the restaurant industry, working at his father’s well-received Baricelli Inn. Then with what began as a culinary apprenticeship at The French Laundry in 1998, Michael grew into a chef de partie role before he turned his sights to the dining room, quickly rising to become a captain on the service team.
When Keller opened Per Se in Columbus Circle in 2004, Michael ventured to New York City to train and inspire the new staff. A fixture at Per Se, Michael emphasized attention to detail and dedication to guest experience to help guide Per Se toward many accolades including annual three-star Michelin ratings since 2006 and placement on Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best List since 2005. Additionally, in October 2011, Michael led the dining room team as a maître d’ when The French Laundry traveled to London to open a pop-up restaurant at Harrods.