mike kostyo

I know food.

My name is Mike. I know food.

I have a master's in food studies and certificates in THE culinary arts, baking arts, wine, and cheese. I study, write about, make, and eat food.

I currently work for a Chicago-based foodservice market research firm.

Nice to meet you.



I'm passionate about food because preparing and enjoying a meal is an easy way to be social, creative, and happy on a daily basis.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself and how I can put my skills to work for you.


From my undergraduate degree in magazine journalism to jobs in politics and copywriting, writing has always been a passion.

I have written articles, blog posts, recipes, press releases, SEO-optimized web marketing copy, ad copy, speeches, scholarly/research papers, and e-newsletters.


An always-evolving cookbook full of tasty recipes, snarky essays, and food for thought. Edible Boston called it the "Food Blog for David Foster Wallace Fans." 

Try the Corn and Banana Pepper Soup.


Strong, vibrant images and logic-driven graphic design are essential if you want to get your point across. Creative vision and a clean, thoughtful identity complete the package.


A heaping bowl of rich, steamy, fall-off-the-bone short ribs. Platters of sweet, cocoa-dusted sugar cookies. When it comes to food, show, don't tell. 


With over seven years of experience in food, higher education, writing, and politics, I bring a variety of talents and skills to the (dinner) table.