Michael Mina’s story is one of two decades of influence, passion and achievement. Born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Ellensburg, Wash., Michael has 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 in Hyde Park. At the start of his career, Michael and then Executive Chef of the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles, George Morrone, were asked to develop a concept and create a menu for an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco. AQUA opened to rave reviews and national acclaim in 1991. Michael served as AQUA’s executive chef from 1993 to 2002, where he was awarded Rising Star Chef of the Year in 1997 and Best California Chef in 2002 by the James Beard Foundation. 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 17 concept restaurants and a lounge concept including MICHAEL MINA, CLOCK BAR, RN74, BOURBON STEAK, ARCADIA, STONEHILL TAVERN, SEABLUE, STRIPSTEAK, AMERICAN FISH, SALTWATER and WIT & WISDOM.