Chef Michael’s Dog Food Reviews, Recalls and Coupons 2013



Brief Overview: Chef Michael's is produced by Nestle's Purina PetCare company, a company that emerged from the the 2001 merger of Ralston Purina Company and Nestle Friskies PetCare Company. The product is often perceived as high-quality thanks to its branding.
Has this dog food brand been recalled?: At the time of writing, Chef Michael's has not been involved in any recalls. The product is not listed on the FDA Recall list. It is important to check the official FDA Recalls website regularly to make sure you are informed about recalls when they happen. Check out our Resources section at the bottom of this page for the link.
Coupons: We have found a 10% off coupon for Chef Michael's dog food.. Click here to find out more about it.

Posted August 6, 2013 by

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Chef Michael’s Recipes

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Chef Michael’s is one of the many Nestle Purina PetCare brands.

According to the official home page, it provides dogs with a well rounded meal that is far from the ordinary.

Chef Michael’s dog food is available in eight different flavors currently that include dry, in sauce and Carvery Creations.

The following meals are currently available:

  • Oven Roasted Chicken Flavor (dry)
  • Grilled Sirloin Steak Flavor (dry)
  • Rotisserie Chicken Flavor (in sauce)
  • Beef Tenderloin Flavor (in sauce)
  • Sirloin Steak Flavor (in sauce)
  • Braised Brisket Flavor (Carvery Creations)
  • Beef Short Rib Flavor (Carvery Creations)
  • Stewed Chicken Flavor (Carvery Creations)

Sample Analysis

Our sample analysis looks at one product in detail to provide you with information about this particular product. It needs to be noted that other products of the brand may – and usually will – vary in terms of ingredients, and sometimes even in quality.

We suggest that you use our sample analysis to review other Chef Michael’s products that you are interested in.

The most important information are listed on the product label. Here you find the list of ingredients and other information that help you analyze the quality of the dog food.

Our sample analysis looks at Chef Michael’s Grilled Sirloin Steak Flavor, one of the two dry dog food products.

Top 15 ingredients

  1. Beef
  2. Soybean Meal
  3. Soy Flour
  4. Animal Fat
  5. Brewers Rice
  6. Soy Protein Concentrate
  7. Corn Gluten Meal
  8. Ground Yellow Corn
  9. Glycerin
  10. Poultry by-product meal
  11. Ground Wheat
  12. Animal Digest
  13. Pearled Barley
  14. Calcium Carbonate
  15. Calcium Phosphate

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Soybean Meal is rich in protein but has a lower biological value than meat-based protein sources.
  2. Soy Flour has a lower biological value than meat-based proteins, and can boost the reported number of proteins on the label.
  3. Animal Fat fails to mention the type of animal, which means it can come from nearly anywhere including roadkill, spoiled meat, or dead or deceased animals.
  4. Brewer’s Rice is a by-product of the rice milling process that consists largely of small left-over fragments. It is of modest nutritional value to dogs.
  5. Soy Protein Concentrate has a high amount of protein but is of lower biological value than meat.
  6. Corn Gluten Meal is a by-product of corn once the starchy carbohydrates have been washed out. It is high in protein but of lesser value than meat based proteins.
  7. Ground Yellow Corn is another inexpensive item that has only modest nutritional value to dogs.
  8. Poultry by-product meal is a slaughterhouse waste product that is made from leftovers that are unfit for human consumption.
  9. Ground Wheat has modest nutritional value to dogs.
  10. Animal Digest is a mixture of animal by-products that is used to improve the food’s taste.
  11. Added Colors are of no use other than to make the food look more appealing to humans.
  12. Wheat Flour has modest nutritional value to dogs.
  13. Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex contains a controversial Vitamin-K form that is linked to allergies, the abnormal break down of red blood cells, and liver toxicity.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (min): 28%
  • Crude Fat (min): 16%
  • Crude Fiber (max): 3%
  • Moisture (max): 12%

The first thing that you will notice is that there are only a handful of meat contents listed on the ingredient’s list. To make matters a lot worse, this is one of the products with the largest amount of controversial ingredients that we have ever seen in dog food.

Judging by the ingredients, it is fair to say that plant-based ingredients boost the overall protein count of the product, so that it contains a modest amount of meat only.

Taken all this together, we cannot recommend Chef Michael’s dog food at this point in time.

Chef Michael’s Reviews

Judging by its ingredients alone, Chef Michael’s looks to be a below-average dry dog food.. – Mike Sagman @ Dog Food Advisor

Chef Michael’s dog food may give you the impression that you are treating your dog with meals that are as good as what we humans eat. But that impression won’t last long when you analyze the ingredients or meat content.

When you look at the company’s Grilled Sirloin Steak Flavor product for example, you will notice several problematic entries in the list of ingredients. This includes animal fat which may come from sources such as roadkill, dead or dying cattle or even euthanized livestock.

Other problematic ingredients include corn gluten meal, corn or poultry by-product meal which is deemed “unfit for human consumption”.

Chef Michael’s canned dog food and Carvery Creations fare a little bit better, but still gets a below average rating for its ingredient selection and meat quality.

Several ingredients in Chef Michael’s pet food may cause allergies. Formulas may contain corn-based ingredients as well as wheat and soy, and all appear to use chemical coloring.

Chef Michael’s User reviews

What do you and your dog think of Chef Michael’s dog food? If your dog has ever tried it, feel free to rate and review it on his behalf!

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Rating: 5.0/10 (7 votes cast)

Chef Michael’s Resources

Please consult the following resources for additional information about Chef Michael’s.

Chef Michael’s Manufacturer Website: Chef Michaels

Chef Michael’s Recalls: Recalls

What other review sites say about Chef Michael’s dog food

  • Chef Michael’s Carvery Creations get a 2 out of 5 star rating over at Dog Food Advisor.
  • Chef Michael’s Dry dog food gets a 1 out of 5 star rating over at Dog Food Advisor.
  • Chef Michael’s In Sauce products get a 2 out of 5 star rating over at Dog Food Advisor.


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