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I'm the chef/owner of Sous Buerre Kitchen, a popular Mission-based pop up that's about to open in a permanent location on 24th Street. Rustic French cuisine is at the heart of my menus, with a particular emphasis on game.
MY CULINARY RÉSUMÉ
EXPERIENCE
RESTAURANT CHEF
SOUS CHEF
BACAR, San Francisco, CA
RESTAURANT CHEF
SOUS CHEF
SPIRE, San Francisco, CA
RESTAURANT CHEF
LINE COOK
ECCOLO, Berkeley, CA
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LINE COOK
WATERBAR, San Francisco, CA
KITCHIT Q&A
KITCHIT:  WHAT IS THE ONE KITCHEN TOOL (OTHER THAN A GOOD CHEF'S KNIFE) THAT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
MICHAEL MAUSCHBAUGH:  A proper serving spoon. I have two particular ones that I picked up in Minneapolis that I covet like non other. My station is not set up until I have them in my misen place.
WHERE CAN YOU BE FOUND/WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAYS OFF?
Pretending that I lead a normal healthy work schedule, and always trying to incorporate more rosé and oysters with it.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY OR EVENT:
I don't like pomp and circumstance, so a casual atmosphere where everyone is there to enjoy good food and friends is the key to success for any dinner party, some booze helps too!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF?
Working in a kitchen is difficult, not everyone can do it, it's hard on your personal life and most demanding of yourself. If you aren't your toughest critic then someone else will rip you to shreds. But there are those few moments where you are able to stand back and say, 'damn! That's perfect, don't touch it, don't change it!' It's those moments that I live for.
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?
My menus change constantly, as do my ingredients, so it's hard to pick one dish but cassoulet would be on the list.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MEAL:
My first time going to Charlie Trotters in Chicago. The thought and respect that went into the food was amazing. I was still green in the kitchen and had no right to be eating there yet, but I was amazed, to see the potential that food holds. I spent my total rent check on that dinner and it was completely worth it.
37 REVIEWS FROM KITCHIT HOSTS
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STACEY D.
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Chef Mauschbaugh was fanastic - as he has been for us several times. I quite highly recommend him; the food is outstanding and he's wonderful personally.
COLIN B.
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First rate food again. Michael did a terrific job and left the kitchen looking impeccable. We shall look forward to having him come again.
JACQUELINE N.
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PAMELA W.
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Chef Michael was prompt, pleasant and brought his culinary talents to a fine evening. We had even miscalculated the number of guests and he - without so much as a sideways glance - accommodated the unaccounted for guest with ease. Of note and deserving of special recognition was his handmade gnocchi (sp?) … like little pillows of creamy heaven with crispy edges and an amazing brown butter sauce … he had us at the second course! We will definitely have him back on a less hectic night. We admired his professionalism and kind and gentle nature as well. Thanks Kitchit!
KATHERINE L.
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I had a great experience in planning my company's holiday party with Chef Michael. He quickly put a menu proposal together, answered questions promptly, and was very accommodating for those with dietary restrictions. The food was delicious, well presented and enjoyed by all. The 4 out of 5 for the service is because we waited quite a while between courses. But to give him the benefit of the doubt, we had a large group of 27 people.
DORIS M.
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Doris The evening was perfect. We are foodies and no one was disappointed. The presentation of each course was beautiful as well as delicious. We had four children at our dinner party and they loved their special dishes. Michael was professional as well as being very pleasant to have in our home. The kitchen was all cleaned up when he left.
LIN-HUA W.
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Great experience overall, Michael and his crew were great.
BRIAN C.
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Thank you Michael and crew for a wonder meal and service. Top notch all around. Excellent communication leading up to the event. Extremely satisfied and will recommend to others.
STACEY D.
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A great culinary artist. His vegetables were sublime, his dessert exquisite, and every course coruscated on the taste buds. :-)
MICHAEL S.
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Michael did a,magnificent job. The meal was absolutely top notch. He happily made inspired modifications (quail instead of anchovies) to make the meal even more palatable to,those of us who loathe anchovies . I highly recommend him
CHRISTINA V.
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Michael's a star. Period. Delicious food. Awesome service.
TANI R.
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We hosted a dinner for a party for 4. All of us had a GREAT TIME. Michael was absolutely wonderful. He was easy going, friendly and we were very happy that he seemed to go with the flow got our sense of humor. He was very professional but at the same time very relaxed. Every dish he prepared was fantastic. I can hardly wait for his restuarant Sous Beurre Kitchen in San Francisco to open up in early 2014. I loved how Michael suggested a menu and was very flexible to tailor it to our likes and dislikes. When I use Kitchit again, I would definitely, hands down, request Michael again. Thank Michael for makeing our evening really special and unique and for make our wedding present to our friends an experience they will not forget!
JUDY W.
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Our special dinner for 14 worked out perfectly! Michael did an excellent job in preparing the four course meal. The food was fabulous, which the guests thoroughly enjoyed. Michael arrived right on time and was a pleasure to work with! I will tell my friends about him and we look forward to dining at his new restaurant.
ADELA J.
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Easy to work with and super responsive! Scrumptious bites! :)
COLIN B.
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I was very happy with the food, and we would use Michael again. The meal was absolutely delicious. Service was a problem. Michael's assistant was not good; service was slow and erratic. If I use Michael again, I would like a more experienced and capable assistant. Colin Bailey
RYAN L.
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Chef Michael was flexible with timing and since I didn't know how Kitchit worked, he assured me we'd have whatever was needed. I requested a later start and it was no big deal. He arrived fully loaded and I could tell he had spent a great deal of time getting things prepared for the event. By 8:30 14 guests had their first course and loved it. It got better and better as the night went on. I was amazed that he was able to do 5 courses for 14 guests, serve everyone very professionally, space courses out appropriately and clean the place so nicely. He arrived around 6:30 and left close to midnight. Great, talented, dedicated and cool chef. I would love to have him again. Cheers, Ryan
MONICA C.
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Chef Michael was simply terrific! He prepared an amazing meal for a group of 25 of Silicon Valley's most prominent executives and innovators. He was timely, organized and well prepared. The food was excellent and the meal was presented wonderfully. He was a great addition to the group and event and contributed to a very successful night. We're looking forward to working with him again!
STEPHANIE M.
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A great gastronomic experience. Thank you it was great
DAVID S.
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Excellent. Michael and his team stepped in for us at the last minute and knocked it out of the park. Food was delicious. Process was super easy. Could not recommend more highly.
TIM F.
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Chef Michael was outstanding. Punctual, friendly, and organized. The entire table (mostly food snobs not prone to praise) loved the dishes, which were as beautiful as if prepared in a professional kitchen. Last but not least, the kitchen was cleaner AFTER the dinner than before. That's the right way to wrap up the night. Would definitely hire Michael again. Highly recommended. - Tim Ferriss
ANNE H.
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Our dinner with Chef Michael was terrific. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and presented. Everything was fresh and tasty. My guests and I enjoyed every course. He and his associate were great to work with and we would have them cook for us again. Anne
ANNE H.
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Our dinner with Chef Michael was terrific. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and presented. Everything was fresh and tasty. My guests and I enjoyed every course. He and his associate were great to work with and we would have them cook for us again. Anne
ANNE H.
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Our dinner with Chef Michael was terrific. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and presented. Everything was fresh and tasty. My guests and I enjoyed every course. He and his associate were great to work with and we would have them cook for us again. Anne
ANNE H.
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Our dinner with Chef Michael was terrific. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and presented. Everything was fresh and tasty. My guests and I enjoyed every course. He and his associate were great to work with and we would have them cook for us again. Anne
ANNE H.
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Our dinner with Chef Michael was terrific. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and presented. Everything was fresh and tasty. My guests and I enjoyed every course. He and his associate were great to work with and we would have them cook for us again. Anne
ANNE H.
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Our dinner with Chef Michael was terrific. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and presented. Everything was fresh and tasty. My guests and I enjoyed every course. He and his associate were great to work with and we would have them cook for us again. Anne
ANNE H.
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Our dinner with Chef Michael was terrific. The food was delicious, beautifully seasoned and presented. Everything was fresh and tasty. My guests and I enjoyed every course. He and his associate were great to work with and we would have them cook for us again. Anne
JOHN T.
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Chef Michael and Alice worked diligently and tirelessly from the moment they arrived and created a menu of fabulous dishes beyond compare! Some of the guests had been part of an event like this before and all commented that Chef Michael's creations were without a doubt the best they have ever experienced. High praise indeed!! They left the kitchen in perfect order and immaculately clean. I would rate him 11 if the scale would let me!! Thank you for a perfect day!!!!
GEORGE M.
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Michael did an amazing job. Everything was perfect, The menu was great and the food delicious!
BILL T.
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Great dinner, thanks Michael!
CATHERINE N.
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Michael was amazing. Not only was the food fantastic, it was also a tremendous value. By value, I mean that he gave me peace of mind, the time to entertain graciously and he provided a stupendous presentation that left my guests in awe and happily satiated. In addition to being a great cook, he is truly an artist. I would love for him to come again to my home and repeat this wonderful experience!!
BILL T.
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Fantastic food and service. Thank you, Michael!
MARY H.
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Everything was great! Michael worked hard to present a fabulous meal. Inventive, delicious food. Thank you, Michael!
JOAN H.
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Michael did an outstanding job and all my guests loved the meal and the experience. He was friendly, on-time, easy-going and very charming and willing to discuss his preparation and cooking methods with the food. His menu was well balanced and each item flavorful, fresh, fun to eat. My guests are all very good cooks and they were impressed with everything he prepared with one small exception -- his chocolate cake dessert was on the dry side, although the sauces were delicious and sophisticated. Would strongly recommend Michael for this sort of evening.
ZAK H.
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Fantastic chef, wonderful fool, and very efficient setup/takedown. The guests loved the entire experience and many of them actually want to re-book him.
BREE L.
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Chef Michael is great! He stepped up to a very last minute request, and saved the day for me. His food was fantastic, and he's a really nice guy. We only used him for a 4 person dinner, so I can't speak to larger parties, but for us, it was a wonderful experience to have him! If his small dinner skills carry over to larger ones, you will not be disappointed! I would highly recommend him to anyone.
ANIMA
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We LOVED Michael and the food he and his assistant prepared, and couldn't believe how seamlessly the experience was from developing the menu to serving each perfect course. Our kitchen opens into our dining area, and we'd expected a general clattering and mess, but every time we looked over, the food was appearing out of nowhere...it really was like having our own restaurant in the house, but without obnoxious interruptions from waiters. Bonus: As we were sitting down, I realized that our guests was a vegetarian (oops!) and even though that was completely my fault, Michael was able to come up with dishes on the fly that served her along with the rest of us. (Whew!)