Chef and Owner, Terry Teplitzky

Wild Thyme Deli & Café and Michael’s Catering are owned and operated by well-known chef Terry Teplitzky. Terry is no stranger to the food business having literally grown up in the business. As a child, Terry worked in his family-owned Teplitzky’s Hotel and Restaurant, located on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk.

He graduated in 1979 from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and honed his craft at some of the best restaurants in the country, including La Maison Blanche, The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., the famous Washington Square Bar & Grill in San Francisco and the Sardine Factory in Monterey.

Since 1996, Terry has also been owner-operator of Michael’s Catering an all-service catering company proudly serving the Monterey Peninsula for more than 15 years. Realizing his life-long dream, Terry opened Wild Thyme Deli & Cafe in 2002, and his kitchen in Marina doubles as the production kitchen for Michael’s.

Terry believes strongly in giving back to the community and has a long record of community service including his leadership role with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s popular Cooking for Solutions events, as well as having served as Head Chef for the annual Meals On Wheels dinner event, among other non-profit associations.

Awards and Accolades for Michael’s Catering, Wild Thyme Deli & Cafe and Terry Teplitzky:

  • "Best Caterer" by the Coast Weekly in 2009-2011
  • “Best New Business”, Monterey County Chamber of Commerce 2001
  • American Culinary Association, “Chef of the Year” 1993

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