Michael and his wife Judy have been fixtures in the Sydney dining scene since its modern birth at Berowra Waters Inn, and has established a dedication to excellence in restaurants that children James and Kate strive to emulate.
Michael began his career with the late Len Evans (OBE), working at the legendary Bulletin Place. In 1978, he made the move to Gay and Tony Bilson’s Berowra Waters Inn, as floor manager. In 1983 Michael purchased Barrenjoey House in Palm Beach and worked with a young Neil Perry, subsequently opening Perry’s in Paddington, both of which attained Two Hat ratings in the Good Food Guide.
By 1988 Michael had sold both Perry’s and Barrenjoey House, and Michael became the General Manager of Bilson’s in Circular Quay until he purchased Catalina in 1994, transforming a tired old space into the perfect harbour side restaurant that it is today. In 2011 Michael was awarded the Vittoria Legend award at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Awards.
Catalina has been an icon for almost twenty years.