Chef Michael Demers’ extensive culinary background reaches all the way to his time studying culinary arts in Rhode Island and New York. Michael has worked under acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque, and traveled the country working with other top chefs at prestigious restaurants. In 2003, Thomas Keller asked Michael to train for Bouchon Restaurant. After working in wine country for eight months, he returned home and landed a position at the Rampart Casino’s Carmel Room, eventually becoming Assistant Executive Chef. Never one to turn down an opportunity, he later accepted an offer at Anthony Marnell, III’s new M Resort in Henderson, Nevada. Learning all aspects in his new role and having hands-on experience granted Michael the ability to advance from Room Chef to Executive Chef in just three short years.
Early on, Michael understood cooking seafood did not have to be complicated. “First off, try everything – you won’t be disappointed. Seasoning seafood at the last minute before cooking is a great tip…Incorporating colorful veggies, fresh herbs, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and good olive oil will ensure a delicious dish.” Michael also enjoys seafood’s versatility; “Start with great quality, proper cooking technique and you can have an amazing dish. My favorite? I love cooking with fresh Scallops. The simplicity of cooking them and the texture, pairs well with a lot of ingredients.”
Throughout his culinary journey, one thing has remained a top priority to this chef: QUALITY. Michael recognizes the importance of consistency, especially in the restaurant industry. “I trust the product I am getting from Santa Monica Seafood, I am proud to work with them as my top Seafood purveyor. The detail to quality shows in both product and service. I am also very fortunate to have Todd White as my rep. I can say in all my years that I haven’t had someone who is as passionate about cooking food as I am. I respect Todd and trust his judgment on looking out for new items or alternatives when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball.”
With Chef Michael Demers currently overseeing 10 departments, 22 chefs, and over 200 team members at the Forbes 4-Star rated M resort, it’s safe to say that the resort continues to uphold its reputation as a premiere destination.
12300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Henderson, NV 89044