Granata’s Catering

Posted on:Monday, March 4th, 2013

In my opinion, hands-down the best catering in the Upstate! Not only do I recommend them to every bride I work with, I used them, for my own wedding.

Chef Michael Granata

A third generation chef, born and raised in New York City, Chef Michael Granata has a long and colorful culinary history. His experience ranges from being a restaurant owner to executive chef, to food and recipe consultant. He graduated from New York Technical College with a degree in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management. While working on his degree, Granata participated in a foreign study exchange program at Bournemouth & Poole College of Higher Education in Bournemouth, England. There he studied Auguste Escoffier classical cooking techniques and methodology.Granata spent more than 30 years owning his restaurants in multiple sites across Manhattan, ranging from catering operations to full service restaurants. While in New York he served a variety of customers, including the New York Stock Exchange.

Moving to Greenville, SC in 1999, he brings a distinctive culinary flair to the Upstate. In addition to his passion for cooking, he has a passion for people. He greets clients as friends and seeks to build relationships instead of customers. Whether catering to a wedding for 500 or an intimate dinner party for two, Chef Granata works to make each event unique and customized. Michael thinks in themes, textures and colors which truly sets him apart in cuisine creations.

Granata has won numerous awards, including the New York Guild of Chefs “Chef of the Year” and two Silver Medals as Culinary Team Captain of the New York Guild of Chefs. He still serves as the Chairman of the Board of the New York Guild of Chefs, which is an elected position. Granata also holds two records in the Guinness Book of Records and is always looking for the right opportunity to earn another!

(Photograph by Paul Mehaffey / TOWN Magazine)

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