The Food Network champ works to inspire Augusta’s next batch of chefs


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – We have a Food Network champion here in Augusta, and he works at Edgar’s Bakehouse.

He could be anywhere in the world and choose here.

“People always ask me if I miss New York. I only miss pizza. I don’t miss snow,” said Michael Romano.

He cooks in five-star restaurants, and he’s a Food Network champion.

But what is Romano doing in Augusta?

“I was working in a five-star, five-diamond hotel, and then the pandemic came along and kind of crushed it,” he said.

He left the big city and where he lived all his life to come to the south.

“Southern hospitality is one thing,” he said.

Romano discovered it last year. He works with Goodwill and Edgar’s Hospitality Group as Executive Chef.

“I could be in New York making the next billionaire richer, but I’d rather be here taking what I do and giving back to a community,” he said.

And that’s what he hopes to do with Helms College. This semester they launched a new baking and arts program. He is thrilled to have an impact not only on his students, but also on our region.

“When you come here and work with students, and they hear you’ve been on the Food Network, they’re excited. They listen a little deeper to what you have to say,” he said.

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