gavin Gavin McMichael
Talent, opportunity and pure motivation have been the hallmarks of Executive Chef Gavin McMichael's 15 years of culinary experience.
Rated one of the best new restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, McMichael's six-year old Blacksmith Restaurant
opened to immediate accolades from residents and tourists eager for an upscale, new American menu.
Using one of Bend's treasured historic buildings as his
culinary stage, McMichael fuses wide-ranging experience to create New Ranch Cuisine.
Patrons travel from Portland and surrounding states to indulge in their favorite dish, ranging from "Cider-Brined Pork Rib Chop" with apple chutney and two-year old smoked cheddar macaroni & cheese to "Pan-Seared Halibut" with roasted sweet potato enchiladas and spinach beurre blanc.
has been sought after for his
capabilities and has risen quickly through the ranks.
received most his
training in some of America's top kitchens, and he
gained first hand knowledge of French and Italian culinary traditions when he
rented an apartment in the south of France, training in some of southern France's best-known restaurants.
McMichael has worked with Mark Kiffin, corporate executive chef for Star Canyon Restaurant in Dallas and Stephan Pyles, executive chef at Star Canyon and one of the fathers of Southwestern cuisine.
formal education includes a marketing degree from the University of Texas and a degree from the School of Culinary Arts in Denver.
Much of his
incremental development came from galleys in challenging venues.