Michael Braden

Senior Culinary Manager

Thriving on the thrill and fast-paced environment of a commercial kitchen, Senior Culinary Manager Michael Braden leads the Chefs of the Mills, a team of chefs that draw on decades of real-world experience and share a goal of making life easier for foodservice professionals.


“The best part of my job is working with the talented members of the culinary team and our cross-functional partners to develop profitable, sustainable solutions for our customers.”

Under Chef Michael’s leadership, the Chefs of the Mills are responsible for facilitating training, developing recipes, working with key customers, and creating solutions for foodservice professionals.

Prior to joining General Mills Foodservice in 2001, Chef Michael worked in hotels, restaurants, fine-dining restaurants, and contract food-management operations for more than 20 years. He has expertise in flavor development and designing training and development programs.

Chef Michael has a master’s degree in education and human resources development from the University of Minnesota, a bachelor’s degree in finance, and a culinary arts diploma from Oklahoma State University.


  • Master’s Degree in Education, Human Resource Development: University of Minnesota
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Finance: Oklahoma State University
  • Culinary Arts Diploma: Oklahoma State University