The Power of Twos: An interview with Greg & Michelle Baker

Best Restaurant Tag Team, 2012

click to enlarge "We set a rule that if we ever felt like the business was hurting the marriage, we'd walk away" —Michelle Baker, w. Greg. - Photo by Todd Bates
Photo by Todd Bates
"We set a rule that if we ever felt like the business was hurting the marriage, we'd walk away" —Michelle Baker, w. Greg.

Watch: Greg Baker shares the secret dish he makes for his wife Michelle that he never makes for anyone else. The winners of several Best of the Bay awards this year, including Best Restaurant Tag Team, Greg & Michelle spoke with CL's David Warner during the Best of the Bay awards reception Sept. 19 at Creative Loafing.


The Refinery's Greg and Michelle Baker have been a couple for 13 years, and married for 11.

Rule for making it work:

"In an industry littered with divorces, we set a rule that if we ever felt like the business was hurting the marriage, we'd walk away," says Michelle. "Divorce is a four-letter word for us."

How to make it work:

"Leave business at the door," says Greg. "We do a post mortem for a few minutes at the end of the day and then we're done and it's time for Greg and Michelle."

Why it works:

Greg: "I'm the shy type. Michelle can just turn on that persona and is this force of nature and she really has a head for business."

Michelle: "Greg is an amazing chef and I'm his hardest critic. He says I've got the million-dollar palate. He's the hardest-working person I know and never complains."

Best achievement of the last year:

"Definitely Greg getting nominated for a James Beard," Michelle says. "I remember he was really nervous when the list was coming out, it was alphabetical. Sure enough, Baker, Greg, was first on the nomination list."

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