Booking Michael Mina
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Michael Mina Agency Booking Profile
When Michael Mina began his love affair with San Francisco, the earth moved. Literally. On his second day in the City, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck, but the 22-year-old chef was unfazed; he’d been given the opportunity of a lifetime to help design an upscale seafood restaurant from scratch, and he threw himself into it heart and soul. The now legendary Aqua opened to widespread acclaim in 1991 and quickly became a destination restaurant in a city that knows a thing or two about food. And Michael Mina’s reputation as one of the culinary world’s most innovative and talented chefs was born. Aqua spent many years on San Francisco’s A-list. Michael was awarded Rising Star Chef of the Year in 1997 and Best California Chef in 2002 by the James Beard Foundation. He then began to design concept restaurants around the country. Today, the Mina Group has opened 18 concept restaurants and a lounge concept. In San Francisco the properties include Michael Mina, Clock Bar, RN74, and Bourbon Steak. In Southern California, Michael opened Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point. Michael has brought the Bourbon Steak concept to Miami, Scottsdale, and Washington, D.C., as well as Detroit, where Michael also introduced Saltwater. Michael has been honored with numerous accolades, including the Michelin one-star award, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s four-star award for Michael Mina in San Francisco, and Michelin’s one-star award for Michael Mina Bellagio in Las Vegas. He was named Gayot.com’s Restaurateur of the Year in 2011, and HauteLiving.com’s Top Chef in San Francisco and Top Celebrity Chef in Las Vegas (#2) for 2010. Michael has been featured in numerous national print media outlets, including Bon Appétit, Food & Wine,Gourmet, Food Arts, Cigar Aficionado, Newsweek, TIME, Robb Report, Travel & Leisureand Wine Spectator. In addition, Michael has been featured on the Food Network’s After Midnight, Fine Living Network’s Opening Soon, Pat O’Brien’s The Insider, The Early Showon CBS, The Today Show on NBC and Fox’s syndicated Good Day Live. He has been a featured guest chef at the James Beard House numerous times, cooked for First Lady Laura Bush, and has been a guest speaker at the C.I.A. in Hyde Park, and at other culinary institutes in California. Among the highlights of his life, Michael says, has been the opportunity to cook for not just one, but three Presidents of the United States. He cooked for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and in April 2011 for President Barack Obama. Please contact SME today to book Michael Mina!
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