Michael Elkins

I am a restaurant chef with many years of experience in cooking for restaurants. I have owned 'Buddy’s Restaurant' in Roanoke, Virginia, for many years. I am here to share my experiences and help new entrepreneurs in the food business.

Michael Elkins has worked in the advertising, publishing, writing, hospitality and restaurant industries throughout his career. He actually began publishing a mimeographed magazine while in the 8th grade of middle school, which was a story picked up by the local newspaper.

Michael Elkins has worked in the advertising, publishing, writing, hospitality and restaurant industries throughout his career. He actually began publishing a mimeographed magazine while in the 8th grade of middle school, which was a story picked up by the local newspaper

In college at the University of Virginia, he wrote for the Cavalier Daily newspaper and also sold advertising for a local tabloid newspaper. Later, Michael would start several of his own tabloids, where he earned a bare-bones living wage. The publications never caught fire, however, and he moved to other jobs in advertising sales and hospitality marketing

Michael enjoyed some success selling advertising in New York City for a shopping magazine, and later, The New York Yellow Page Blue Books. The company was bought by Southwestern Bell Corporation, which joined the frenzied competition of deregulated phone services in the 1980s. Later, Michael returned to his native Virginia, where he sold hospitality advertising on behalf of The Virginia Travel Council and its “Virginia Is for Lovers: tourism campaign.

Michael had always loved the science and art of cooking, and eventually he bought the restaurant where he had served as chef for five years. Buddy’s Restaurant was a full-service, alcohol-licensed facility in the heart of Roanoke’s centuries-old farmer’s market.

During the years of restaurant ownership, Michael learned about computer tech and developed his own system for keeping the books. After retiring, Michael pursued his current career of freelance writing.

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