Who is Mary Sue Milliken?

Her special focus is on environmental impact and the responsibility implicated in bringing each dish to the table

Mary Sue Milliken is a James Beard and Julia Child award-winning chef best known for her restaurants. These include the Mexican Border Grill in Los Angeles and Las Vegas; BBQ Mexicana and Pacha Mamas fast casual restaurants in Las Vegas; and Socalo, an all-day California cantina and Mexican pub in Santa Monica. All of her aforementioned projects were created with business partner, Susan Feniger.

A graduate of Chicago's Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute, she has co-authored five cookbooks, co-starred in the Food Network's Too Hot Tamales, and successfully competed on Bravo's Top Chef Masters.

Milliken is passionate about food policy and she works with various non-profit organizations around the world to bring her expertise to help shape sustainable food systems.

Mary Sue is also involved in combating social issues. She is a member of the James Beard Foundation’s Board of Trustees. In addition, she is co-founder of Concerning Her in Los Angeles County, a non-profit organization that provides women-owned restaurants with business grants, mentoring, and resources in response to the crippling effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the industry.

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