Our Personal Chef Services

You are not hiring a cook to come and prepare dinner. You are paying for an ultimate and exclusive dining experience by Garlic Mike himself in your home or vacation retreat.

As part of our services, we plan the menu with you with you. You aren’t hiring a cook. A prior sight visit is recommended. Mike does the shopping, prepares the food, some is prepared at the restaurant and finished in your kitchen. The server sets the table, pours the wine, serves, clears and does the dishes. We don’t leave until the last course is cleared. We don’t expect the host to lift a finger.

Inquire about our home cooking demo parties. A little cooking show, somewhat interactive in your home.

Professional Services to Your Home!

Chef Garlic Mike and his assistant will come to your home or vacation retreat and create the ultimate, elevated dining experience.

Serving the Gunnison Valley and Southwest Florida.

Contact Mike about booking your dinner or gathering of up to 50 guests.

* please note: Summer 2021 spots are rapidly filling. Please contact Mike to reserve your private dinner.

Some of our recent Personal Chef visits!

Meet our

PROFESSIONAL CHEF

Mike Busse, Executive Chef

Mike has been featured on the Travel Channels “Food Paradise”; the Cooking Channels “Man’s Greatest Food”, also featured on network news segments and was the 2012 Champion of Crested Butte Center for the Arts, “Chefs on the Edge”. He has repeatedly been voted Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Fine Dining by the People’s Choice in Gunnison. He as also brought his personal chef services to Ft. Myers, Florida, Denver, New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona and Vermont. Mike spent 2 weeks in Umbria, Italy cheffing in a villa for a family visiting Italy from Ft. Worth Texas for a family retreat.

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What they Say!

The Dirty Pearls of Fort Worth

Being a Dirty Pearl from Fort Worth we know what it means to throw a party; enjoy great food, drinks & company; and most importantly to be notorious! These same things also personify the iconic Garlic Mike. No trip to the Moncrief Ranch in Gunnison is ever complete without Garlic Mike’s crew coming in to…
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Erik Harp

Hi Mike, You are the best! The food, fun and service was amazing! On the way home, all everyone could talk about was the dinner. Epic! Thank you for being part of the storybook of our lives.

Lisa & Tye Green

One of the best decisions while on vacation we have ever made was to have Chef Mike and his assistant Taylor come to our home and prepare dinner. WOW! From the starter cocktails to the Shrimp Scampi, Tortellini, Salad, Steak and Fresh Fruit Brûlée dessert we all were extremely satisfied. He was kind enough to…

Lacy and Edie
Texas and Louisiana

Thank you for a fabulous evening last night. You and Jesus produced such a wonderful experience with your outstanding dinner and antipasto served on our deck. The salmon was fantastic with the most beautiful presentation! The salad of mixed greens, fruits, and nuts and your balsamic dressing was beautiful and enjoyed by all. Finishing the…

Duane Coker
Little Elm, Texas and Gunnison, Colorado

Garlic Mike prepared dinner for me, my wife, and six friends on New Year’s Eve eve and it was absolutely one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. We are back and forth between Texas and Gunnison and this dinner was at our Gunnison home. Michael showed up with his assistant, Taylor, and let…

David Six
Dallas, TX

I met you at The Moncrief Ranch over the New Year. What an absolute pleasure it was to be a part of the two nights you prepared the meals at the ranch. You are a true professional and your staff were the best. I am a huge lover of Oysters Rockefeller and I can tell…

Tom & Therese Moncrief
Gunnison, CO and Fort Worth, TX

Mike prepared our group at our home an incredible dinner! The oysters Rockefeller was the best I have ever had, no exception. Everything was the best, steaks, salad, dessert, etc.! Looking forward to our next adventure.

Peggy and Mike Vaughan and Brandon Vaughan
Ft. Worth, Texas

Mike, You made dinner for our group at the Moncrief Ranch in late December. The meals were excellent, especially the Oysters Rockefeller and the beef tenderloin. Cocktails by Shelby were a great hit. We have enjoyed your restaurant for more than 20 years and never miss when we are in Gunnison or Crested Butte. Garlic…

Clif & Kathy Barnhart
Crested Butte, CO

I write this as one who has enjoyed Chef Mike Busse’s talents from several angles. Mike oversees his successful river-front restaurant specializing in his Italian creations. He also shares his knowledge and culinary guidance as the personal escort for small groups who choose to join Mike and his wife, Traci, on one of their annual…

Mike and Tiffiny West
Midland, TX / Gunnison, CO

Michael- What a delightful evening you prepared for us at our ranch on the Taylor! From the cocktails to the dessert, it was delicious! Thank you so much for a lovely evening, hope to see you again sometime.

Marjorie Locker
Midland, TX / Gunnison, CO

I have been fortunate to work with Chef Mike several times. His menus and themed dinners are creative, fun, incredibly delicious and always enjoyed by everyone. I’ve seen him work magic under extraordinary circumstances… outdoors, small kitchens, dietary limitations, huge crowds.. etc.. His private cooking classes are really fun and informative and his laughing infectious.…

Ann and Bob Osborne
Wichita Falls, TX/Gunnison, CO

Mike has done private dinners and large fund raisers many times at our Colorado ranch home and the greatest dinners ever! Everything from appetizers trays, Oyster Rockefeller, crab cakes, traditional Italian, steaks, desserts, etc are unbelievable. Great staff that helps Mike with these dinners! A perfect 10 out of 10!

Kathy Barnhart
Crested Butte,CO/Galveston,TX

If you want to offer houseguests a unique dinner they will remember hire Mike. You get an amazing meal, a cooking demonstration (if you want) all done by a stand-up comedian. You can’t get much better than that.

Gloria Willey
Ft Myers, FL

My husband and I had a housewarming party a few years ago and hired Mike from Garlic Mikes.  We are friends with Mike’s in laws and knew we could depend on Mike to amaze our guests.  We live in Florida so Mike and his wife had no problem leaving Gunnison Colorado and zero degree weather…

Ken & Becky Swan
Colorado and Texas

You can’t go wrong with Mike Busse! Best Italian chef I’ve seen anywhere!  Wonderful and cheerful personality which all makes for Great times in Gunnison valley.

Tommy and Kathy
Alphareta GA / Gunnison,CO

Just want to reach out and say a great big word of thanks for your chef services and awesome meal at our home last fall. Mike and Christian were truly outstanding in preparing 5 courses of truly special dishes for 9 adults and 2 children. Presentation and quality were 5 star. Everyone that evening were…

Kurt and Janet Giesselman
Ocala FL/Crested Butte, CO

We recently had a cocktail party for 50+ people and Mike was our personal chef. From start to finish he and his staff were absolutely meticulous about the event and such a pleasure to work with-From menu planning to setup and greeting guests to the final cleanup. Everyone had a smile the entire night and…

Marion
Midland,TX/Crested Butte,CO

Mike at Garlic Mike’s has become a part of our family after providing memorable private chef services for us. He has prepared wonderful table settings for all ages and willingly adapts his menus to accommodate gluten free requirements. He has served such fabulous dinners for some of our friends that now they ask if Garlic Mike…

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