Opportunity Green Business Conference 2011 Speakers

Mary Sue Milliken

Mary Sue Milliken @MarySueMilliken

Co-Chef/Owner & Top Chef Master
Border Grill Restaurants

Mary Sue Milliken is co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants in Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, serving upscale, modern Mexican food in a hip, urban cantina setting. She is also co-chef/owner of the gourmet taco truck phenomenon, the Border Grill Truck. A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980’s, Mary Sue is a preeminent ambassador of authentic Mexican cuisine, setting the standard for gourmet Mexican fare for over two decades. Always a trailblazer, Milliken was the first female chef to work at Chicago's prestigious Le Perroquet in the late 1970's, going on to train at a Michelin 2-star, female chef owned restaurant in Paris, and later joining a handful of progressive women chefs to found Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. A business partner with Chef Susan Feniger for over 25 years, Mary Sue is co-author of five cookbooks, including Cooking with Too Hot Tamales, Mesa Mexicana, and City Cuisine. Mary Sue competed successfully on season three of Bravo's “Top Chef Masters", winning $40,000 for her charity, Share Our Strength. She also co-starred along with Susan in 400 episodes of Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales” and “Tamales World Tour". She has appeared as a guest on everything from “Iron Chef America” and “Oprah” to “Good Day LA” and “The Today Show”. In addition, Mary Sue and Susan are creators of a line of signature peppermills and salt mills manufactured by Vic Firth Gourmet. An active member of the community, Mary Sue is on the national board of Share Our Strength, committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015 with the No Kid Hungry campaign. She is also passionate about the environment and practices many eco-friendly policies at the restaurants and on the Truck, including serving only sustainable seafood as part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

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