Co-Chef/ Owner: Border Grill Restaurants and Truck, Los Angeles, CA
Competing for Share Our Strength
Mary Sue Milliken is co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill, serving modern Mexican food in Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and on the Border Grill Truck. A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Milliken is also well known as one half of the dynamic "Too Hot Tamales" with longtime business partner Chef Susan Feniger. Milliken is a preeminent ambassador of authentic Mexican cuisine, setting the standard for gourmet Mexican fare for over two decades and co-authoring five cookbooks, including Cooking with Too Hot Tamales, Mesa Mexicana, and City Cuisine. Always a trailblazer, Milliken was the first female chef to work at Chicago's prestigious Le Perroquet in the late 1970s, going on to train at a Michelin two-star, female chef-owned restaurant in Paris, and later joining a handful of progressive women chefs to found Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. An active member of the community, Milliken is on the national board of Share Our Strength, committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015 with the No Kid Hungry campaign. In addition, Milliken is passionate about the environment and leads the culinary industry with eco-friendly policies at her Border Grill restaurants and Truck.
The Latest from Mary
Episode 10: 'Top Chef Masters' Finale
The chefs made dishes inspired by their original inspirations (after eating a Curtis Stone-made Quickfire). Flip through the finale photos here.
'Top Chef Masters' Finale
Which dish was most masterful? Judge the chefs final dishes from this season.
Episode 9: A Solider's Story
The chefs cooked with their relatives -- albeit without their knowledge -- and then served America's servicemen the dishes of their dreams.
A Solider's Story
Did the chefs make dishes worthy of our servicemen or did the event seem more like a mess (hall)?
Episode 8: Blinded Me With Science
The chefs deal with some tough to impress diners -- Padma Lakshmi and high schoolers. See the scientific snapshots now.
Blinded Me With Science
After whipping up quick breakfast dishes, the chefs had to channel their inner chemists -- cooking fare that represented a scientific principle for a science fair.