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BAMF \\ Executive Chef

Born to parents with an appreciation for cuisine (and a great-grandmother who was a cooking instructor), Jose Mendin didn’t discover his own love of cooking until he was off at college on a volleyball scholarship and preparing his own meals. Mendin moved from his native Puerto Rico to Miami in 1998 to enroll at Johnson & Wales University, from which he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Culinary Arts. Mendin went on to help open Nobu Miami that same year and Nobu London in 2002, with chef... READ MORE

BAMF \\ Executive Chef

Born to parents with an appreciation for cuisine (and a great-grandmother who was a cooking instructor), Jose Mendin didn’t discover his own love of cooking until he was off at college on a volleyball scholarship and preparing his own meals. Mendin moved from his native Puerto Rico to Miami in 1998 to enroll at Johnson & Wales University, from which he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Culinary Arts. Mendin went on to help open Nobu Miami that same year and Nobu London in 2002, with chef Mark Edwards and Thomas Buckley, respectively.

In 2003, Mendin traveled to Spain to work for Chef Jesus Ramiro in Valladolid, and later Chef Juan Pablo Felipe in Madrid at Michelin-starred El Chaflan. Upon returning to Miami, he joined Rising Star alum Jordi Valles to open Mosaico.

In 2004, Mendin open Sushisamba Miami Beach as chef de cuisine, rising to assistant corporate chef for the company in two years and later opening Sushisamba Vegas. Continuing his streak of successful openings, Mendin opened Mercadito Chicago in 2009 and Mercadito Miami in 2010, where he met chef de cuisine Sergio Navarro. The pair partnered up with Andreas Schreiner to found the Pubbelly Restaurant Group in 2010, where the trio won StarChefs Rising Star Restaurant Award in 2016.
Mendin is a five-time James Beard Award Semifinalist for “Best Chef, Southeast.”

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