You’ve got to find something that you really love, then stick with it.

On this episode of the Circuit of Success, Brett Gilliland welcomes chef and owner of Sugarfire Smoke House BBQ Mike Johnson.

Brett and Mike sit down to talk about his journey through his career as a chef and restaurant owner, and his tips for continuing to learn through failure to achieve future success.

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Mike started cooking in several Saint Louis restaurants at a young age. Soon after high school, he moved to New Orleans and worked for a young Emeril Lagasse. He then went to work for Emeril’s friend Charlie Trotter in Chicago, and then Gabino Sotellino at Un Grand Cafe/Ambria. After that he journeyed to Chartres, France for a stint at the famed Le Buisson D’Ardent.

Mike then returned to the US to work for Belgian Master Chef Daniel Joly at Mirabelle in Beaver Creek, and then on to work for Joachim Splichal from the famed Patina restaurant group’s Napa Valley outpost, Pinot Blanc. He then returned to St. Louis to design and own several of Saint Louis’s favorite restaurants, including Cafe Mira, Roxane, Barcelona, Momos, Boogaloo, El Scorcho, and several other embarrassing ones that he would like to not mention.

Mike turned to barbecue after spending time with Myron Mixon from Pitmasters at his school in Unadilla, Georgia.

Please welcome Mike Johnson to this episode of The Circuit of Success!

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