We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Callaway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Working hard helped me Succeed.
I used to work in the buckhead life
Group and I heard many chefs tell me they would rather have someone they can mold than anyone who comes out of a chef school.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My brand story is simple. I tried school and I wasn’t ready for it. I wanted to work. And I worked hard! My father Scott Callaway always instilled hard work to my brother and I. My brother was hard working in pursuit of his athletic performance where as I was all about manual labor. I loved working on carpentry with my dad.
But I also loved cooking with my mom Linda Zimmerman. We always had home cooked meals and I loved learning from her.. However, mostly I was all about the sweets from the kitchen. Haha who would of thought that it would be my job to taste cookie dough and make sure it’s perfect.
Working in a kitchen is hard sometimes I mean, you might come up with a plan and that plan might get shot sideways and then you have to make it happen. Haha it’s that state is craziness that’ makes or break someone in the kitchen. It’s not for everyone, but that’s the challenges we have to overcome some days. And it’s rewarding!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, that’s a great question. I have lots of friends who left the city. And haven’t returned. And that’s fine, I have a buddy named Sam L. If he were to come here for a week, I would take him all over Atlanta, cause The city has great places everywhere!
We could start at the Kimball House and have cocktails and Oysters.
But then again we could do that in several places around the city.
I’d probably keep it simple, I like felinins pizza, sitting outside on a patio, weather it be ponce or Peachtree. I like having beers, eating some slices and reminiscing.
If he wanted fancy? Well then the options are limitless!
But if he wants Gelato, you better believe I’m taking him and his family down to the HQ, putting hair nets on every one, and saying do you trust me? Let’s get to it! We could start off with Nutella Gelato, and then move on over to Honey Lavender, cleanse the pallet out with some Peach Sorbet, and then dive right back into Chocolate Brownie Chunk.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Well, let’s start with Ian Bailey who run the Atlanta Fish Market Retail shop. We worked hard together for 5 years!
Then there is Jackson Smith who called me out of the blue and said this!
Mike, you always liked Ice Cream back in the day, you want yo learn how yo make Gelato??
Well at that I jumped on it! I mean, I’m all about learning new jobs and having new experiences!! And I believe Honeysuckle Gelato could give me both of those! And 7 years later, We’re still going strong and not only having an experience but mainly creating a great experience for our customers!
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