CEO | Callaghan Enterprises
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mike found work wherever he could in various restaurants starting at the age of 12. After discovering his passion, he attended Athlone College and graduated in 1985 with a degree in hospitality management and a Culinary Arts degree from City and Guilds of London, England. After immigrating to the United States in 1985, Mike worked in various restaurants on the east coast as a bus boy during the day and stuffed newspapers at night. After being promoted to a prep cook, sous chef and then finally executive chef, a chance encounter lead him to make acquaintances with Bill Honaker in Philadelphia, PA. The two became friends and then made an agreement to start a restaurant together in Montana. That restaurant would become Walker's Grill in Billings, MT. After establishing Walker's Grill as one of the preeminent restaurants in Billings, MT, Mike left to begin work for Food Services of America as a restaurant consultant. Over the course of 17 years, Mike worked his way up to the position of Director of Business Development, helping thousands of restaurants refine their businesses along the way.
Over the course of his career, Mike has been part owner, managed and operated restaurants in Philadelphia, PA. Wilmington, Delaware, and Billings, MT. He has been a supporter and mentor to the ProStart culinary program both in Montana and Wyoming for the past six years and is also a Certified ServSafe Trainer with over 500 national certification classes to his credit. While the executive chef at Jack’s Firehouse restaurant in Philadelphia, it was recognized as a top ten restaurant in the nation by Food & Wine, Bon Appetite and Gourmet magazines. He was also the executive Chef at Silk Purse Sows Ear in Wilmington Delaware, voted best restaurant in the state by Food and Wine.