Michael Hawryluk passion for cooking started in his very own kitchen which led him to completing his Culinary Management certificate at Niagara College. During this time period Michael was awarded the Tyson Mckay Scholarship for outstanding achievements in the culinary industry. Michael's career started with an exciting opportunity creating culinary master pieces for the Governor General in Ottawa. His culinary inspirations were created by harvesting his own vegetables, preserving them for the winter and preparing daily meals while supporting local producers. Expanding his knowledge of culinary expertise Michael decided to take his skills on the road across Canada where he found his passion for the culinary arts working at luxury hotels in Banff, Vancouver and Toronto.
After travelling from coast to coast Chef Michael decided that Toronto was the place where he wanted to set the stage for a boundless career. This led to Chef Michael becoming the Restaurant Chef for SOCO Kitchen and Bar. Chef Michael's love and appreciation for local and seasonal ingredients has always been his inspiration for his curated seasonal menu's. He has discovered his love for sustainable cuisine while incorporating the best that Ontario has to offer into his food. Chef Michael spends his spare time cooking at home with family, reading cookbooks, and searching for inspiration for his next best dish. Chef Michael's reward for his culinary creations stems through satisfied customers on a daily basis.