AMERICAN FISH By Michael Mina
Executive Chef Michael Mina
Following a very special cooking demonstration in his kitchen, during which he illustrated for us four amazing fish preparations, TravelsinTaste had the privilege of chatting with celebrity chef Michael Mina in his restaurant, AMERICAN FISH by Michael Mina at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. With two namesake restaurants -- in Las Vegas and San Francisco -- and 16 others that he owns across the United States and Mexico via Mina Group, the restaurant management company he owns with tennis star Andre Agassi, Chef Mina is an authority on the world's best flavors. We therefore asked him about his favorite local restaurants, his most memorable meal and what it's like to share his culinary creations with world leaders such as former President Bill Clinton.
TravelsinTaste:: You've cooked for so many people at the White House. Do you want to discuss any one experience?
Michael Mina: I can tell you that Bill Clinton actually came here. It was right after he had left office. He came here and he came to Nobhill. It was a party of 12 and it was probably my most memorable experience because it was the first time I had met a president and I am a big fan of his. He knew it, too, because within 10 minutes he was asking me to sit at the table and talking to me about everything. He wanted to know all about the food and then he got up with me because he loved the bread and wanted to see inside the bread oven. Obviously, he's extremely charismatic. It was a feeling. It was definitely a feeling.