Chef Michael Hackman has been a fixture on the Palm Beach culinary scene for almost 16 years -- having worked his way through the kitchens of the most prominent hotels and restaurants in Palm Beach. Hackman's drive to be a chef began in high school. Realizing he liked "playing with food" and was naturally good at it, he embarked on a culinary career. In 2001, he enrolled at the Florida Culinary Institute. Armed with the basics, Hackman was hired by The Breakers, Palm Beach. Hackman continued his training at the Five Star, Four Diamond, L'Escalier. After that he added Cafe L'Europe & The Four Seasons Palm Beach to his resume.
Chef Michael, established and equipped with an impressive client roster, transitioned into a private chef entrepreneur and restaurant consultant. The "chef in residence" role is quite successful and pleasing for his clients, where he partnered with them in their homes for a very intimate and personal dining experience. After cooking up success for other venues, Chef Hackman forged his own territory and opening Aioli in West Palm Beach. Aioli specializes in casual, locavore foods and gourmet-to-go. Opened in Fall, 2014, the West Palm Beach, industrial-chic eatery and bakery caters to the locals' lunch crowd. Building on his years of achievement, creativity and relationships have been cornerstones to his ongoing success. Involvement in the community is important to Michael. Through his dedication to support charity he continues to find time to be involved with numerous local organizations.
This fall Michael is expanding his current location to include a scratch bakery that will have artisan bread production. Additionally, Michael is set to open his second Aioli location in the urban backdrop of downton West Palm Beach.