Cliff proudly served our country as a Sonar Technician on the fast frigate, USS W. S. Sims (FF-1059) in the United States Navy. After experiencing the world and returning to the area, Cliff quickly developed a niche for the many aspects of the food service industry with Singer Equipment Company. With a strong customer service drive, Cliff has built valued relationships with restaurants and suppliers throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In June of 2010, Cliff's lifelong passion for basketball grew from a pick up (when they searched to find a tenth player for a 5 v 5 game), to one of the largest leagues that is now 300 players strong, The Baker League. The Baker League continues to developed into a fabulous community asset on and off the court. On the court men, women, and children gather for exciting games and development clinics. Off the court the Baker League works with various Ocean County community groups and charities to help in their growth and development.
When Cliff isn't in a restaurant or on the court, he resides in Toms River and enjoys time with his wife, Terrie, his children, family, and friends.
He has Culinary Arts Degrees from Johnson and Wales University and Ocean County Vocational School. Chef Mike has worked with Celebrity Chefs, in some of the best restaurants throughout the United States, translating these amazing experiences into his personalized culinary style: Trans-Continental Fusion Cuisine.
Winning numerous awards for his innovative cooking and delectable presentations, Chef Mike has been featured on TV shows, in cookbooks and magazines. He has even been honored as a Top Chef in Ocean County.
In the kitchen, Chef Mike resides at Chef Mike's ABG in South Seaside Park, creating some of the most unique and delectable food presentations to temp everyone's palate.
Personally, Chef Mike thoroughly enjoys being able to use his culinary gifts and talents to assist with various benefits throughout the community.
When he isn't in the kitchen, he resides in Toms River and enjoys time with his son, Trevor, and girlfriend, Marcy.
MEET OUR board
Cliff Baker - President
Mike Jurusz - Vice President
Christine Hernandez - Chief Operating Officer
Cheryl Ainley - Secretary
Terrie Baker - Treasurer
Michelle Jones - Volunteer Coordinator
a need we feed
a 501-C3 organization
Toms River, NJ 08753