This week Addicted is inspired by Michael Motamedi.
MasterChef Finalist, co-owner of Parcae and co-founder of Baffi Collection, Michael has an impressive list of titles to his name to be sure. A man with a taste for the finer things, Michael indulges his sartorial leanings with Baffi, a proudly North American company that uses materials from “Mother Earth” as they say to create unique and incredibly cool accessories for the modern gentleman. Starting out with their innovative wooden pocket squares (pictured here), the line has expanded to sunglasses, cufflinks and everything else a man about town needs to up his fashion game.
On the culinary side, Michael has given Toronto one of its premiere gastronomical destinations in Parcae. Located in the Templar hotel, Parcae features a globally influenced menu, hand crafted cocktails that diners can enjoy in a sleek and stylish environment.
An entrepreneur who decided to take on two of the most challenging industries with amazing success? We’d call that inspirational, wouldn’t you? We got the chance to chat with Michael about what drives him to accomplish all those amazing things.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, I always wanted to be my dad. He is a banker. As I started to become a man for myself, I realized that I love and admire my father, but not for the occupation he has but for the person he is. So I quit my 9 to 5 and never looked back.
What are some of the successes (big or small) you’ve had?
Growing Baffi Collection from ground up with my good friend was and still is a pretty awesome experience. Placing 6th place on Masterchef Canada out 5,000 contestants was a pretty huge accomplishment. Owning my own restaurant was always a dream of mine, that happened this past year. And just recently becoming the creative director of a spirit company in Kentucky.
It has been a good couple of years, to say the least. I am extremely grateful for all the opportunities I have had to prosper.
What’s piece of advice would you give to someone trying to do what you do, or trying to follow their own dreams?
There is nothing in this world stopping you from doing what you want to do, but yourself. Yes, it sounds cliché, but there couldn’t be more true words. Keep pushing, stay positive, and keep your eyes on the prize.
How do you manage to do it all?
Honestly, I just don’t over think it. When I start over thinking, I get anxiety, when I get anxiety I don’t accomplish anything. Most importantly, I keep reminding myself that there is nothing wrong with delegating.
If you had one wish to help make the world a better place, what would it be?
There are so many things that could “make the world a better place.” The thing that always comes to mind is ending war. I don’t really understand it; the innate urge us humans have for war.
If you could pick one charitable organization to ask our readers to donate to or volunteer with, which would it be?
Food Banks. When I was younger, I got in trouble with the Law (we don’t need to get into that) and the judge made me volunteer at a food bank. The people I met in that short period of time were for the most part just amazing human beings that were down on their luck. People in our neighborhoods, mothers and fathers of our friends. It really touched me to understand that a lot of people who are in need of food are exactly like me, that just took a wrong path or had some bad luck. Help people and people will help you.
Support this inspirational entrepreneur this weekend at Baffi’s Father’s Day pop-up shop at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (located at 100 Front Street West, avenues level- underneath the spiral staircase). The shop is open until Monday, June 20th. Shop Hours: Mon – Sat: 10am – 7pm // Sun: 12-6pm // Appts. Available after hours –www.bafficollection.com