Born to a Greek-Croatian restaurant family in Detroit, Michigan, Michael Domitrovich has worked nearly every position in the restaurant business. After a stint operating successful family restaurants through the ‘80s and ‘90s in New York City and Long Island, Ham Heaven, Ham Heaven Uptown and The Other Place at The Jones Beach Hotel, his family moved to Cape Cod’s Martha’s Vineyard. While at Lola’s Southern Seafood, Domitrovich worked directly under his mother, Chef Lola Domitrovich, and eventually became accountable for the entire culinary operation of 300 seats, an indoor and outdoor bar and a full staff. Of the New Orleans-style Cajun restaurant, the Cape Cod Travel Guide said it has “exquisite food, elegant ambience and exuberance,” while the venerable Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England named Lola’s an “Editor’s Choice for 2004.” After leaving Martha’s Vineyard, Domitrovich broadened his cooking style by traveling, studying and cooking a multitude of international cuisines. And in 2009, he became Executive Chef of the Montauk Yacht Club (Montauk, NY) and its restaurants and bars—Gulf Coast Kitchen, Hurricane Alley, and the Barracuda Bar and Turtle Lounge.
In 2007, Domitrovich co-authored Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Culinary Institute of America. No stranger to dramatic presentations, Domitrovich holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He prides himself not just as a chef but as a playwright too. His most recent production, an off-Broadway play about restaurant brats, On Island, is about a restaurant family on Martha’s Vineyard marking a convergence of his passions for food, family and theater.
Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile's Hunger for Home (Gotham Books, October 2007)