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ABOUT

About Our Chef

Miguel Figueroa

Chef Miguel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He moved to Amherst, MA at age 13 and graduated from Amherst Regional High School. After Miguel attended UMass Amherst from 1994-1996 where he completed coursework in Hotel, Restaurant & Travel Administration Program.

To become the chef he is today, our chef began culinary career as a dishwasher at the Pub in Amherst while attending classes at UMass. Chef Miguel graduated from the Culinary Arts Certificate Program at Holyoke Community College in May 2000.

He has worked for over 25 years in a variety of Western Mass establishments including a sports bars, casual family style businesses and several fine dining restaurants.

Our amazing Chef Miguel Figueroa has a unique blend of a strong work ethic, passion for food, highly motivated and strong interpersonal skills.

 

Miguel Figueroa

Career Highlights

  • Participated in charitable events that include March of Dimes – Chefs for Healthy Babies,  Dana Farber Cancer Institute –Chefs for Jimmy, Girl Scouts of America – Fork it Over, and the Feast in the East which provided scholarship funds for local students.
  • Multiple appearances on the TV show Mass Appeal on WWLP to highlight menu specials.
  • Multiple write-ups in local newspapers including the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the Springfield Republican, the Hartford Courant and online stories on Masslive.com.
spaghetti with shrimp and prawns

Professional Experience

  •  Executive Chef at TAP ROOM/MGM in Springfield, MA 3/18-10/18
  • Executive Chef at LA CUCINA DI HAMPDEN HOUSE in Hampden, MA 1/06-2/18                 
  • Executive Chef at SEAMUS O’REILLY’S in Holyoke, MA 5/05 –1/06     
  • Executive Chef at the OLDE HADLEIGH GRILLE in Hadley, MA 1/01 – 5/05 
  • Sous Chef at the SCHOOL STREET BISTRO in Westfield, MA  8/00 – 9/01
  • Sous Chef at PINOCCHIO’S in Amherst, MA from 6/99 – 8/00     
  • Kitchen Manager at RAFTER’S, Amherst, MA from 9/98 – 6/99
  • Kitchen Manager at THE PUB, Amherst, MA from 7/93 – 9/98