Chef Michael Niksic Media History

Presenting dishes for My Taste of Polonia appearance.

Presenting dishes for My Taste of Polonia appearance.

MEDIA HISTORY

Why “The Food Mercenary”?  I have been asked many times in my career what my specialty is.  I almost always 
replied that I am a mercenary, paid to produce food.  The style, or cuisine is not a major concern or desire.  Personally, I love Italian,
Northern and Southern, Southwestern, Chinese, French Nouvelle, Regional American, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines.  Now, if a chef chooses to be known for a specialty(dish) that is his or her choice.  For my taste, that is a very narrow view of what a chef should be and reduces the actual
significance of the title, by the response itself.  There should never be “secrets” when it comes to cooking. In my world, the words
“secret recipe” is an indicator to professional insecurity.  Cooking, & food, is meant to be shared, so the word secret has no place in
the same sentence.  

NORTH AMERICA’S MOST EXTREME CHEF!
Welcome to my world.  I am an accomplished professional freestyle jet skier.  I run one of Ebay’s coolest specialty Toy Soldier Stores, 1/72 LEGIONS IN PLASTIC DEPOT. 

Now really, no menu boasts this combination!  I am a certified food service sanitation manager for the state of Illinois.  My programs are insured.  My cooking classes feature the finest cookware, best available ingredients, music, beverages, video clips, substantial tasting portions, prizes, NO sales and lots of fun.  My popular original recipes from my numerous experiences as a
chef run the gamut from pastries to sauces.  All converted for home use.    Clear instructional methods, fun
familiar communication, with a full menu of enthusiasm.  The cooking classes cover a wide range of subjects suitable for all cooking skill levels and age groups.  Substantial tastings, 95% of all cooking classes listed here are free to the general public, conducted by myself, a career Professional Chef.  I have been dominating Northern Illinois cooking classes and waterways for over 20 years.  Students of all ages and skill levels have drawn on my expertise in the world of food.

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I have appeared on the following stations and networks to date over 18 years.            
ABC TV-FOX TV– CBS TV – UPN TV ESPN SPORTSCENTER- HDTV – NBC TV –  WGN TV Superstation THE
WEATHER CHANNEL  FOX SPORTS NET – DET-CHI VIDEO CLTV – Metro Mix WBBM AM
780 – THE SCORE AM 670 – WLUP FM 97.9– WXRT FM 93.1– ESPN AM 1000-WGN AM 720-
I have appeared in or been covered by these fine printed newspapers and magazines to date over 25 years.
NEWSWEEK –CHICAGO-TRIBUNE – JET SPORTS-THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES – SPORTS ILLUSTRATED –
PIONEER PRESS – HAMMOND TIMES -THE DAILY SOUTHTOWN – THE NEWS SUN – KENOSHA
NEWS – WINDY CITY-SPORTS – LERNER NEWS- PLAYBOY – THE DAILY HERALD

Authored Hearty and Healthy Polish Cooking available as an e-book scheduled 5/1/2016

1st DVD SERIOUS CHILI now on Sale! 2nd DVD BUILDING GINGERBREAD HOUSES WITHOUT PERMITS now on sale! Auto Biographical Cook Book “Fish Fear My Name” in progress.  Chef Niksic Featured Pro freestyle Jet Skier in Det-Chi video Action Sports-Music DVDs sold & distributed world wide. Also appeared in the movie MAKING WAVES. Over 750 live and taped interviews, features and teasers combined and counting broadcast on network and cable TV. Over 400 different printed articles, cover stories and pictures nation wide and in the Chicago metro area.