Michael Bargas named new UH Dining district executive chef
Dining Services is proud to announce the addition of Chef
Michael Bargas to the team at the University of Houston in the
newly created position of district executive chef.
Bargas is a graduate of Princeton University where he not only
attained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, but also developed a
passion for food while working in various jobs to support
After graduation, that passion led him to the Culinary Institute
of America in New York where he earned an associate of
occupational studies degree in culinary arts and later to Argosy
University in Pennsylvania where he earned an MBA.
Bargas most recently worked at the Art Institute of Houston
serving as the academic director, responsible for overseeing the
culinary education of 750 students, and the direction of six
staff and 20 faculty members. Additionally, in that position he
managed the department schedule, food purchases, the classroom
restaurant and the college deli.
Prior to his work at the Art Institute, he worked at one of
Houston’s most venerable fine dining restaurants, Masraff’s, as
well as contracted food service locations at Memorial Hermann
Hospital and Marathon Oil. He has also been featured in print
and on the TV shows Great Day Houston, Fox 26 Morning News, and