Mike Brewer has been in the restaurant scene in New Orleans since 1999. He started as a waiter at Brennan’s and quickly moved up to Captain, and then Wine Captain after receiving his entry into the Court of Master Sommeliers. He left Brennan’s in 2005 and was a Maitre D onboard the NCL Ship MS Pride of America in Hawaii. In early 2006, he returned to New Orleans to head a new restaurant, Jackson, in the Irish Channel. Jackson was voted the Best New Restaurant in 2006 by Gambit readers.
In mid 2007 Jackson closed and Brewer moved to Commander’s Palace to head the wine and liquor programs. After 2+ years , he moved over to Charlie’s Steakhouse as the Executive Chef.
After a three year foray into equipment sales, Mike opened The Sammich as a pop-up in a bar in Mid-City. One year later, he moved The Sammich to the Riverbend where he rewrote po-boy folklore with his takes on fine dining dishes served up on Leidenheimer’s French bread.
In July of 2015, he competed in the Louisiana Seafood Cook Off where he took the crown and is the 2015 Louisiana Seafood King. He served as the executive chef for Manning’s at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. When he’s not representing Louisiana Seafood all across the country, he is currently the chef of the Riverview Room located in the heart of the French Quarter.