Michael Psilakis Owes it all to T.G.I. Friday’s


Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs 2008 has been announced. Michael Psilakis is the lone New Yorker in the bunch (above, with business partner Donatella Arpaia).

From F&W’s bio we learn that Psilakis “earned a degree in accounting and finance before a job as a waiter at T.G.I Friday’s led him to reconsider…” Those goblet-sized Long Island iced teas will do that to a young man. We can only imagine that Psilakis is feeling on top of the world these days. (Or he’s having anxiety-ridden dreams of losing it all, à la David Chang)

Psilakis’ Anthos is a nominee for James Beard’s Best New Restaurant award, and the chef’s newest restaurant, Mia Dona, has just been glowingly two starred by the Bruni.