Michiko Campbell aka “Chef Chiko” is a sous chef, owner/creator of Chiko’s Smokey Rub (all-purpose spice rub line), and owner of Chiko The Builder (carpentry). He entered the culinary field at 15 years old. He later went off to earn degrees from the Bermuda College and Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida. He also provides catering services for a variety of functions. His love for carpentry began from 7 years old helping at his uncle’s workshop. A passionate fisherman with an eye on growing trends in the culinary scene, Michiko Campbell’s passion and creativity shines through in his food, known for his signature blend of seven spice rubs that give his food the edge. His passion and creativity also shines through in his carpentry work as well. When he’s not cooking you will find him building unique wooden furniture/pieces or out fishing.
1. What is your favourite Bermudian tradition?
Cup Match, because I enjoy going camping with my family.
2. Where is the best place for a fish sandwich?
Art Mel’s or Woody’s.
3. Where is the best place for sushi?
Coconut Rock and Yashi Sushi bar or L’Oriental.
4. What’s the most Instagram-worthy place in Bermuda?
The entire island. But, to be specific, I would say anywhere along the south shore.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Don’t look back in the past. Always look towards the future. Stay present”
6. What do you like most about yourself?
Having a strong work ethic. I put my best foot forward whether it be in the culinary field or in my carpentry work. I’m also always wanting to give back.
7. What do you like least about yourself?
I find it difficult to slow down or take a break. I’m a high energy person, and will not rest until my work is done. I have to constantly be reminded to relax.
8. What keeps you up at night?
My thoughts. I have so many business ideas which keep my mind always going.
9. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome?
Losing my twin brother.
10. What’s your favourite thing to do on Sunday?
Spending time with my family or going fishing. Those who know me know how much I am obsessed with fishing, and have been since a young child. I enjoy deep sea and fishing off the rocks.
11. How long have you been in Bermuda?
30 years (my entire life) ha ha!
12. What’s your favourite beach?
John Smith’s Bay
13. What was your first job ever?
Packing groceries and helping at my uncle’s carpentry workshop.
14. Who was your favourite teacher?
Chef Teneika Eve at the Bermuda College.
15. Who was/is the most influential person in your life?
I would have to say my wife. She likes to stay behind the scenes, but she has always supported my dreams and goals in moving my businesses forward. She has an eye for marketing and knows just the right content to share to keep my customers engaged.
16. What’s in your wallet right now?
Lots of business cards. I’m always networking.
17. Do you ever get island fever?
Yes. I love to travel, so it always feels good to take a trip somewhere new and exciting.
18. Loquat or Bermuda banana?
Loquat – every season I climb the trees to get the best loquats up top.
19. St George’s or Somerset?
20. Cricket or football?
I enjoy watching football.
21. What are you reading right now?
22. What is your biggest phobia?
Bad hygiene of teeth