Mary Sue Milliken

Chef, Author, Entrepreneur

A pioneer of world cuisine since the creation of City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mary Sue Milliken is most notably recognized as an ambassador of modern Mexican cuisine with her Border Grill Restaurants (Santa Monica, Downtown LA, Las Vegas) and Truck. In 2013, she and longtime business partner, Susan Feniger, opened a new location in LAX airport and a second Las Vegas outpost at The Forum Shops in 2014.

After refining her culinary skills early in her career, she helped establish Women Chefs & Restaurateurs—an organization promoting women’s education and advancement in the restaurant industry. Mary Sue and Susan received the California Restaurant Association’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2013 and were welcomed into the 2014 Menu Masters Hall of Fame.

Mary Sue has co-authored five cookbooks, co-stared in nearly 400 episodes of Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales, and co-hosted a food-centered radio show in LA for over a decade. She was a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, is a board member and advocate of Share Our Strength, and also serves on the Board of Trustees for the James Beard Foundation.