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Growing up in Los Angeles, Chef Michael Kramer has many fond memories (and tickets stubs) from attending to horses races as a child. Chef Kramer’s family would load up the car several times a year and head to the tracks at Hollywood Park or Santa Anita Park to watch the races. It was tradition for him and his older sister to pick out which horses they thought would win, and then his parents would put down a few dollars to bet on their picks.
As a teenager, Chef Kramer got his first taste of the culinary world when he got a job at a restaurant to pay for his surfing hobby. He didn’t choose to become a chef until college, and after graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Chef Kramer returned to his hometown to work at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles.
From there, he moved to the famed Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas under celebrity chef Dean Fearing until he was recruited to be the Executive Chef at McCrady’s in Charleston, SC. As Executive Chef he earned national acclaim, including AAA 4-Diamond award, inclusion as one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” and Charleston Post and Courier’s “Restaurant of the Year”. In 2007, Chef Kramer moved to Houston to take over as Executive Chef of Hotel Icon and the award-winning “Voice restaurant, again quickly gaining national acclaim with numerous awards and accolades, including another coveted slot as one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants” and selection as one of Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “50 Best New Restaurants in America.” He comes to Table 301 Restaurant Group after most recently working as Executive Chef for the Compass Group in Houston.
In April 2013, Chef Kramer moved to Greenville, SC to take a position with Table 301 Restaurant Group. In addition to being the Executive Chef at The Lazy Goat, Chef Kramer works in culinary operations and helps execute culinary strategies and new restaurant concepts for Table 301.
At home in Greenville, he enjoys riding and racing bikes whenever possible and hanging out with his dog Buddy.