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With the October 2010 opening of MICHAEL MINA, his eponymous signature restaurant at in San Francisco, Michael Mina is at the helm and once again in the kitchen (formerly AQUA) where he first established his culinary reputation 20 years ago. The San Francisco Chronicle three-and-a-half-star winner restaurant is Michael’s crown jewel and marks the newest phase in the career of the James Beard Award-winning chef. During its first year, MICHAEL MINA was awarded one Michelin star and “Restaurant of the Year” in Esquire’s annual 2011 “Best Restaurants” issue.
With accolades including James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” inductee in 2013, Gayot Restaurateur of the Year 2011, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award winner May 2011, Bon Appetit Chef of the Year 2005, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year 2005, as well as the International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year 2005, Michael continues to dazzle the culinary world. Michael’s culinary and business vision led to the founding of his company, Mina Group, with partner Andre Agassi in 2002. Under the auspices of Mina Group, he has opened 30 operations.
At the start of his career, Michael, with then Executive Chef of the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, George Morrone, developed a concept and created a menu for an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco. AQUA opened to rave reviews and national acclaim in 1991. As executive chef, Michael was awarded Rising Star Chef of the Year in 1997 and Best California Chef in 2002 by the James Beard Foundation.
Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Ellensburg, Wash., Michael had a love affair with the kitchen, creating memorable dining experiences for guests from a very early age. Michael’s epicurean journey began in 1987 at the Culinary Institute of America.
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