Michael Mina

Michael Mina (born 1969 in Cairo, Egypt) is an award-winning American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is the executive chef at his namesake restaurant in San Francisco, California, and partners with Andre Agassi in Mina Group LLC, a restaurant management company that owns 12 restaurants across the United States. He authored his first cookbook in 2006 and has made numerous television appearances. Mina has three Michelin stars among his two namesake restaurants in San Francisco, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.


Early life

Egyptian-born Michael Mina was raised in Ellensburg, Washington. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Culinary development

After working in Los Angeles at the Bel Air Hotel with Executive Chef George Morrone, Mina followed Morrone to San Francisco to help create Aqua. Following Morrone's departure from Aqua, Mina became Excutive Chef and received numerous awards and accolades. Mina is known for his "trio" concept- using one luxe ingredient (such as jackfish, foie gras, rabbit, pork) prepared three different ways. Each is specially presented on a custom made plate.

As restaurateur

In 2002, Mina partnered with Andre Agassi to open concept restaurants across the country, such as Nobhill and Seablue at the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In October 2006, Mina's flagship restaurant, Michael Mina, was awarded two Michelin stars, one of only four restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area to be a two star recipient.


In November 2006 Michael Mina released his first cookbook, Michael Mina: The Cookbook. The book presents a number of recipes with his "trio concept" as well as a number of his one plate classics including his lobster pot pie and root beer floats.



  • Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. 2007, 2006, 2005, Michael Mina by Andre Gayot guide
  • Bon Appétit's Chef of the Year, 2005
  • San Francisco Magazine's Chef of the Year, 2005
  • Restaurateur of the Year, 2005
  • Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. 2004, Michael Mina Bellagio by Andre Gayot guide
  • James Beard Foundation Best California Chef, 2002
  • Rising Star Chef of the Year, 1997

Television appearances

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