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Chef Bio: Mary Sue Milliken

Mary Sue Milliken is a James Beard and Julia Child Award-winning chef best known for her modern Mexican Border Grill restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas; BBQ Mexicana and Pacha Mamas, fast-casual eateries in Las Vegas; and Socalo, an all-day California canteen and Mexican pub in Santa Monica all created with her business partner Susan Feniger. Mary Sue has co-authored five cookbooks, co-starred in Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales, and successfully competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Milliken is passionate about food policy and works with various nonprofits around the world to bring her expertise to help shape sustainable food systems. Mary Sue also serves on the Board of Trustees for the James Beard Foundation; is a co-founder of Regarding Her, a non-profit to provide women-owned restaurants in LA county business grants, mentorship, and resources in response to Covid’s crippling effect on the industry; and is a member of the U. S. State Department’s American Chef Corps.

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