Michael Tarshi: The Apprentice Season 3 Contestant
by Derek Grosso
Where are you located right now and what are you working on?
Boston. I have a two real estate companies, and a Chocolate Bar distribution and manufacturing business, TarshiBAR. One of my most recent ventures is a small upscale restaurant that I am opening with a famous restaurateur. Business in Boston is great, the real estate is booming, the restaurants are amazing and the people are respectful.
Any big announcements since you were "fired" from the show?
My life is already great. All the show did was make me a recognizable person throughout the country as well as the world. I have also been involved in a bunch of new shows premiering this Fall and have been offer numerous endorsement deals.
If you had been hired by Trump, how would that have made your life different?
I am happy that I did not get hired. To be honest, I would have to take a pay cut if I worked for Trump!
How often do you speak with Mr. Trump or any of the contestants?
I'm looking for a huge Real Estate Development Deal to present to Trump. I'm ready to play ball as well as many of the other candidates. I think if all of the real estate people from "The Apprentice" unite and form a Real Estate Acquisition company, we could give Trump a run for his money. I do keep in touch with many of the candidates from all seasons, but some people from our season are not the most upfront, honest people, so I stay away from them. I don't have time for phonies!
What was the most amazing thing you saw or place you visited while here in New York?
I do not life too far away from NYC so I always am either in the city or the Hamptons in the summer. The most amazing thing while being in NYC was actually being in Trump's personal office. That was wild, although it's not as big as I expected, my office is bigger!
You're involved with some great philanthropies. Please tell our readers about how to get involved.
The best thing that I can do with my new-found "fame" is give back to the community and help in the fundraising for philanthropies. I am currently forming a charitable trust to donate to my favorite charities. I urge everyone to get involved with something.
Talk to us about TarshiBAR.
TarshiBAR was the result of me being in Five Star solitary confinement after I was fired from the Apprentice. Contestants cannot go home until the show has finished taping. I said to myself, "Everyone loves chocolate, so let's make a chocolate bar!" TarshiBAR is a milk chocolate bar designed for chocolate lovers. It's just the beginning of the Tarshi Brand -- I am currently working on a line of frozen pastas and pizzas.
What is your favorite restaurant?
My favorite restaurant in Boston is Stregga. In NYC, I always got to MASA, the sushi restaurant in the Time Warner building.
Favorite TV show?
The Apprentice, of course
Favorite personal quote?
"It's a takeover, and you're either in or you're out!" by Michael S. Tarshi
Fans can learn more about Michael at www.michaeltarshi.com.