Albert Morgan remembers the exact date he began working as a line cook at Michael’s Genuine. It was August 18, 2007. By now, Albert is a long-time fixture in our Miami kitchen. He was one of the chefs cooking up Michael’s award-winning Genuine Bacon Cheeseburger at the 2010 Burger Bash and recently wowed Jefe himself with his version of the housemade ricotta. Take a look at the snack section of the menu, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Get to know our newly-minted resident fresh cheesemaker a little better, below.
Name: Albert A Morgan.
Childhood ambition: I had a lot of ambitions. A cop, firefighter, baseball player, football player, you name it. I even played basketball as a kid, too.
Favorite dish at MGFD: The ricotta cheese, of course.
Most popular food prepared in your home: Carne asada with beans and rice. I’m Nicaraguan, so… Mom mom usually makes it, but I make it at home sometimes too. It’s like the main dish every Nicaraguan restaurant should have.
Wildest food ever eaten: Iguana. When I was living in Nicaragua growing up my mom used to give us iguana from time to time.
Favorite beverage at MGFD: You know what it is… The Tucher beer.
Proudest moment: Graduating from culinary school. And my kids when they were born.
Biggest challenge: Not being able to live with my kids and only getting to see them every other weekend.
Perfect day: It’s never a perfect day. It’s always a challenge.
First job: Working at Wendy’s. I did everything there. Did every station basically.
Ideal spot for your vacation home: Costa Rica. Half my family lives there. After they moved in the late ’80s due to the war, they ended up living there. It’s a beautiful place. I love fishing, and it’s a great place to fish.
Indulgence: Nice watches.
Inspirations: I was inspired by Michael to make the homemade ricotta. He showed me how to do it once, and I ended up changing it, and it came out better than his.
My life: I was in high school and didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I did not have any ambition to go to collage and doing something. My life was going down south, not going up. So then I met my girlfriend seven years ago. and I knew the only way that her parents would allow me to be with her was if I was somebody. You know, had a career. And that’s how I ended up picking this career for that reason. I was also inspired by Emeril when he started popping. It inspired me more to do cooking. I watched all his shows and said, you know what, I want to that. And so, bam..