CHEF MICHAEL MINA
Born in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Chef Michael Mina has enjoyed a love affair with the kitchen, creating memorable dining experiences for guests from a very early age.
At the start of his career, Chef Mina was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to work alongside Chef George Morrone to create and open AQUA, an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco which opened in 1991 to rave reviews and national acclaim. During his time as AQUA’s executive chef from 1993 to 2002, Chef Mina was awarded Rising Star Chef of the Year in 1997 and Best Chef: California in 2002 by the James Beard Foundation.
Chef Mina founded his company, MINA Group, over twenty years ago with partner Andre Agassi and restaurateur Patric Yumul. Since then, MINA Group has opened more than 45 restaurants around the world.
Chef Mina has been honored with numerous top awards and accolades including a Michelin Star at MICHAEL MINA from 2012 to 2018, James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” inductee in 2013, Gayot Restaurateur of the Year in 2011, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year in 2005, and many more. He has been a featured guest chef at the famed James Beard House numerous times and has cooked for three U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.