B2 Bistro recently welcomed a new executive chef at its Point Pleasant Beach location. Allow us to introduce Chef Michael Butler.
While he attended culinary school in New York, Butler landed a job working for famed restaurateur Danny Meyer at The Modern, in The Museum of Modern Art. Upon graduation, he was invited to do an internship at Craft, working under celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio. Upon completion of his internship, Butler was offered a full-time position with the restaurant group.
Butler’s work at Craft led to an offer to join the opening team at Chef Jean-George’s Perry Street restaurant. Following a two-year stint at Perry Street, Butler returned home to the Jersey Shore as Sous Chef at David Burke’s Fromagerie, in Rumson, New Jersey. While working at Fromagerie, he was also able to work at a number of David Burke’s NYC locations including David Burke’s Townhouse.
At Home at the Shore
After his time with the David Burke group, he accepted a position to join the opening team at Trama’s Trattoria in Long Branch, NJ. There Butler was able to work alongside Chef Pat Trama, as the Chef De Cuisine. Chef Trama was a valued mentor to Butler and they remain close friends.
We got a chance to sit down with Chef Mike to ask him some of our favorite on-the-spot questions.