An industry veteran, Michael Kramer previously opened McCrady’s in Charleston and Voice in Houston and earned Best New Restaurant nods for each. He has trained a number of chefs who themselves have gone on to become recognized names in the culinary world: Steven Greene (The Umstead), David Breedan (The French Laundry), Chris Edwards (Salamander Resort).
The California native has worked in kitchens from Coast to Coast. He started his career at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Los Angeles and then to the famed Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas.
In April 2013, Chef Kramer moved to Greenville, SC to take a position with Table 301 Restaurant Group Executive Chef of Culinary Operations for the restaurant group. He soon added Executive Chef at The Lazy Goat to his daily responsibilities, a position he held until July 2015 when he began working on the Jianna concept which opened in March 2017.
Jianna is a modern Italian kitchen in Greenville, South Carolina that features modern Italian cuisine and freshly shucked oysters. The new construction restaurant that overlooks Falls Park with an indoor/outdoor bar has an open kitchen and pasta making area to allow the team to make fresh pasta daily.
In addition to his years of experience in the kitchen, Chef Kramer is no stranger to the festival scene. Over the last few years he has been invited to participate in Taste of Derby, Gourmet & Grapes, Cincinnati Food & Wine Classic, Charleston Wine + Food, Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend, Memphis Food & Wine and Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Kramer was also a contestant on Season 12 of Beat Bobby Flay on The Food Network.
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