Michael Palan

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New York, NY
Indiana University
Food History, Fountain Drinks, Anything Fried
  • Michael ate his way through every kind of potato chip that Utz sells and not only lived to tell about it, but he ranked them all for Today Meal.
  • As one who believes that sharing is caring, Michael is a Level 8 contributor to Google Maps: as a Master Photographer and Expert Reviewer of restaurants and points of general and specific interests.
  • He once won a White Castle eating contest, and another time celebrated Valentine's Day at that fine dining establishment (that relationship didn't last).


Michael was born weighing 10 pounds and thus has been a lover of eating since birth. His amazing cook of a mother always indulged him, making many traditional favorites like noodle kugel and squash soufflé, but also enjoyed dining out at greasy spoon establishments with a bit of history. While he was a former Sandwich Artist at Subway, he chose to channel his talents into the arts of film, video, photography, and writing. For the past 25 years, he has worked on Academy Award winning films, Emmy Award winning television shows, had photographs published by New York Magazine, and has written for Decider, Looper, Explore and Today Meal. He also is an unofficial brand ambassador for Popeyes Fried Chicken.


Michael has a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from Indiana University Bloomington.
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