Michael trained with Roux Restaurants, who in the 1980s dominated the restaurant scene. He returned to his native York, in the 1990s, to open Melton's Restaurant with his wife Lucy.
Melton's is a fine dining restaurant serving modern British food and it is Michael's position as Chef Proprietor, which has made it one of York's leading restaurants. Melton's is featured in all the major food guides winning two 'AA' rosettes and has a rating of five in the Good Food Guide. Melton's is renowned for serving high quality food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. In 2001 Michael opened Melton's Too; a Café-Bar Bistro in Walmgate, York.
Since its foundation in 1997, Michael has been one of the principle organisers of the York Food Festival and is now the Festival Director. His commitment to this Festival arises out of his enthusiastic support of the local quality food industry. He is also a Director in the local Tourism organisation VisitYork.
In both his businesses, the Food Festival and VisitYork, Michael’s focus is on sustainability, seasonality and suppoting the local and regional economy.