Michael Maddox developed his interest in food while growing up in central Illinois. His education took him around the world working in fine dining French restaurants, eventually ending up as sous chef at Le Titi de Paris in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Great Chefs was taping its owner Pierre Pollin in 1994 for their Great Chefs – Great Cities television series for the Discovery Channel, and chef Pollin suggested that they tape Chef Michael for the dessert, which appeared in episode # 51.
In 2004, Chef Maddox bought the restaurant from Chef Pollin, which he and his wife Susan ran until June 16, 2012. Chef Maddox now teaches at the College of Du Page Culinary Arts School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.