He was very approachable as strangers at the party came up for a photo or autograph. With encouragement from Jo of My Last Bite who is Michael's #1 fan, I also asked him for his John Hancock on the November issue of Pasadena Magazine, which he is currently gracing the cover of.
Raphael and I also posed for pictures. I particularly liked his necklace that featured a butcher's knife, very cool. He also mentioned how his mother was treated like a cast member in the final episode and that they actually filmed the ending back in October.
At the party they were passing out some of his hors d'oeuvres, which included a pastrami crouton with jellied horseradish, pineapple wrapped in prosciutto, sushi (lots of wasabi, so hot!), short rib sandwiches and some sort of puff, which unfortunately never made it to me. Luckily, I had experienced his food before at a dinner in The Dining Room back in August just before Top Chef started airing. Raphael and I have already been talking about going back again soon.
Oh and Marcel, the second season runner up from the show, was also in attendance.