Mike is originally from Sycamore, IL where he owned a general contracting and restoration business for 20 years. He then attended cooking school in the Chicago suburbs and subsequently owned and operated Michael’s Restaurant in Sycamore. As a chef with a background in French cuisine and techniques, he has taught many classes at LOLA. An experienced and avid woodworker, he has also donated furniture to LOLA auctions. He is a member and past-president of the Phelps/Land O’ Lakes Lions Club, Treasurer of the Land O’ Lakes Sanitary District, and member of the Land O’ Lakes Economic Development Committee. He has lived in Land O’ Lakes for about 10 years with his wife Margaret Baack, a fiber artist and member of Artistree Gallery.