This was Michael’s second attempt to earn some serious dough and raise awareness for the PKD Foundation. In May he participated in the Food Network’s Chopped All-Stars and was runner up in the competition.
Through his time on the shows, the PKD community came together to cheer him on, and he helped raise awareness of PKD on a national level. Michael thought of the PKD Foundation when he was asked to participate in both programs. “When I was asked to do participate and win money for a charity, it piqued my interest,” he said.
Michael’s inspiration is his father, who struggled with kidney disease. He was on dialysis for 10 years and came close to a match for a transplant several times. After a thyroid procedure, he passed away from complications from his PKD. “My father was a very strong and powerful man. He was the head of our family, but PKD took his strength away from him, which hit us the hardest. He wasn’t the same person.”
Michael is the executive chef and owner of seven New York restaurants and has acquired many of the food world’s highest honors in the short time he has been on the culinary scene. “If I can raise awareness and tell the story of PKD on television, I will do it. I want to engage the viewers and reach those affected by PKD.”Many thanks to Michael for bringing attention to PKD and the PKD Foundation! To learn more about Michael, visit michaelpsilakis.com.