Before taking the helm at Parallel 37 in January 2013, Chef de Cuisine Michael Rotondo, trained with and worked alongside world-renowned Chef Charlie Trotter at his eponymous Chicago restaurant for eight years, working his way up the ranks to Chef de Cuisine and, ultimately, Executive Chef.
Raised in Weymouth, Mass., just south of Boston, Rotondo began his culinary journey cooking with family and friends, gaining a tremendous respect for the finest seasonal ingredients. He entered the professional field at the age of 15, working at a local restaurant in Boston, eventually graduating from the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Rotondo then headed south to Palm Beach, Florida, where he worked at the Five-Star, Five Diamond Four Seasons Resort, experiencing a unique type of cuisine focusing on flavors from South Florida and Latin America. Passionate about global cuisine, Rotondo moved to Europe for two years and worked in multiple Michelin star restaurants, including a stint beside Paul Bocuse in France. From there, he moved back to the United States and began his tenure at Charlie Trotter’s. During that tenure in 2008, Michael received the “Most Promising Chef” award from chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller after competing in the United States Bocuse d’Or, widely regarded as the epitome of culinary competitions worldwide. Working with the best possible ingredients, Rotondo crafts progressive, market-driven cuisine that is refined and creative without being overly fussy.