Executive chef Jonathan Williams has created one-of-a-kind entrées, appetizers, soups, desserts and martinis at the new Micky's Bistro on Old Statesville Road.
Jeff McMurry, who owns Micky's with his wife, Tracey, and his brother, Courtney, said he gave Williams free rein in developing the menu.
Consider the chef's Lake Norman-area résumé:
Williams started out working with executive chef Jon Spencer at the Point Lake and Golf Club on Brawley School Road in Mooresville.
He became Spencer's sous chef when Spencer opened Soirée in downtown Mooresville. Williams also was the restaurant's executive pastry chef.
A couple of years later, Williams took an executive chef job at the former Kudzu on the Green in downtown Davidson.
Williams received his training at Johnson & Wales University. His degrees are in applied science in culinary arts, and baking and pastry arts.
He spent three years on the Intracollegiate Culinary Competition Charlotte team that traveled to competitions in Florida, Colorado and Rhode Island and to England for the 2007 Skills for Chefs Conference. The team cooked and demonstrated various skills for 300 British chefs and dined at such three-star Michelin restaurants as Gordon Ramsey's and the Fat Duck in Bray, England.
Williams also spent a season working for the three-star French restaurant The Library in Myrtle Beach.
He is also general manager at Micky's, which opened Feb. 23.
Everything is made fresh in-house, he said, including the bread he makes each morning and the desserts. He makes all of the fruit compotes and syrups for the martinis.
"I'd put my martinis against any on the lake," he said.
Micky's signature dessert is the "Irish Car Bomb," a Guinness angelfood cake with Godiva toffee and Jameson Irish Whiskey, French vanilla bean ice cream and Bailey's Gelato.
Appetizers include such chef creations as the Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits 'n' Jam, house-made country biscuits with shaved Cappicola ham and pomegranate apple jam.
Entrées, served after 5 p.m., include hickory-smoked Angus ribeye, hickory-smoked center-cut pork chop, Micky's prime rib, herb-crusted chicken and herb-crusted Norwegian salmon.
Sandwiches and burgers are also offered, as are daily specials from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. such as chicken-and-dumplings on Mondays, meatloaf on Tuesdays and chicken jambalaya on Wednesdays.
Micky's Bistro: 15906 Old Statesville Road; 704-992-1781; mickeys.food.officelive.com.