Chef Michael Denk returns to the Boulud family as Chef de Cuisine of Bar Boulud, Boston, located at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Chef Denk boasts an impressive eight-year career within the fine dining industry, spending six of those years within the Dinex Restaurant Group, training under internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud. Growing up in Chicago, IL and under the tutelage of his Italian-American grandmother, Nani, Chef Denk spent his childhood in the kitchen learning to cook. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Philosophy, Nani gifted Chef Denk a professional cooking class at Kendall College. It was while at Kendall, Chef Denk realized his true passion for cooking and decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts. After spending a year in Chicago as the Chef de Partie at Chef Bill Kim’s elegant Le Lan Restaurant, Chef Denk made his way to New York where he joined the Dinex Restaurant Group as Chef de Partie at Cafe Boulud, the popular Michelin-star New York City eatery. It was there that Chef Denk studied under Chef Daniel Boulud’s expert team and worked his way up to the role of Sous Chef. After five successful years at Cafe Boulud, Chef Denk took his culinary skill set to Boston and joined Chef Boulud’s opening team at Bar Boulud, Boston, as the newly appointed Sous Chef. After leaving Bar Boulud, Boston, in 2015 for a brief term as Executive Chef for the opening of Boston’s The Ginger Man, Chef Denk is excited to return to the restaurant he helped launch.