Hometown: Ansonia, CT
Degree: Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University
Favorite BC Dining Food: Pierogis and gnocchi Bolognese
Michael Forcier began his career in the food and beverage industry at age 16, when he held a job as a dishwasher at a function facility where his dad was a banquet chef. Michael soon started to do some prep work in the kitchen, and by age 18, he was preparing dishes. After receiving his degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, Michael moved to Boston where he spent 10 years working in hotels. He moved on to a contract management company and then UMass Boston, where he was Director of Food Service. Since 2005, Michael has been the Manager at McElroy Commons, where he manages retail dining, the Faculty Dining Room, EagleMart, and catered events. While Michael misses the time he spent as a chef creating recipes and speaking about food, he is able to do that in a new way at McElroy. Michael teaches students, faculty, and employees about all kinds of dishes including pitaya bowls, kale salads, and grain bowls. At BC, Michael says, the employees are committed to their work and take great care in what they do. BC Dining is like a family—when someone is down, they will do anything for each other. He is proud of the camaraderie of his team, especially when they come together at events like the welcome dinner at Reunion weekend, Michael’s favorite event. Outside of BC, Michael is an enthusiastic sports fan, and enjoys his time as a referee for youth basketball and football.