Chef Mario Medina

In his childhood, Mario Medina spent many days in the kitchen with his mother in Mexico City. This instilled in him a deep passion for food that would in turn inspire his journey to become a chef. Mario has quickly established a reputation for excellent food and sincere hospitality.
EVENTS
Liver foundation
Oc Napa wine and food fest
Chula Vista harbor fest
Latin food festival
Mamas kitchen
SoCal wine food and wine festival
11th Annual Chef Showdown: Our mission at Center for Community Solutions is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice. This one-of-a-kind fundraising event is not to be missed! Chef Mario will have a tabling restaurant at Chef Showdown.
Taco Fights 3: Iron Chef Edition!: Starts on February 10th | 7 PM Taco Fights are back with an IRON CHEF twist! Each week, top local chefs will battle it out for best taco using an ingredient that YOU choose! Voting for ingredients will happen two weeks before each match up. On Taco Fight nights, come in and try each one and cast a vote for who’s taco was best! Admission to the events are free!
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 16-23, 2014, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Celebrate 11 years in the making with new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. Join over 200 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 70 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast.
Harvard Cookin' Girl & Chef's Roll Presents: Iron Chef: November 24th, 2014 from 6-9pm at Harvard Cookin' Girl Kitchen Studios. Chef Mario Medina will be battling Chef Craig Jimenez. Come watch, taste, and vote on who takes home the win.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
The MainCourse restaurant. Ramona.ca
Executive Chef
Bernini's bistro. La jolla .ca
Executive Chef
Paradise Grill. Del Mar, CA
Executive Chef
Chateau La Jolla Inn. La Jolla, CA
Executive Chef
Finch’s Bistro & Wine Bar. La Jolla, CA
Executive Chef
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
BOH operations
Kitchen management
Leadership
Safe food handling
Accounting
Fish butchery
Food industry consulting
Homemade pasta
GALLERY
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
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Chef Mario Medina
Chef Mario Medina
San Diego, CA
United States

the MainCourse restaurant
Executive Chef



In his childhood, Mario Medina spent many days in the kitchen with his mother in Mexico City. This instilled in him a deep passion for food that would in turn inspire his journey to become a chef. After completing a culinary program in his hometown, Mario left for the United States to follow his dream. Working and learning in some of the finer kitchens on the west coast, Mario quickly established a reputation for excellent food and sincere hospitality, driven by his desire to please every guest. His dream was soon realized when, in less than a year as Sous Chef at Chateau La Jolla Inn, he was offered the position of Executive Chef. Mario next took the helm at Paradise Grill in Del Mar, and is now leading the kitchen at Finch’s Bistro & Wine Bar in La Jolla.   Although still young, Mario has garnered significant critical acclaim through appearances in many print and television features. He has appeared in magazines Where, Riviera, Fine Ranch & Coast, and Mexico Aqui, as well as many local television news channels and programs. He has also been a participating chef for numerous fundraisers and events such as Cooking for Cancer, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mama’s Kitchen, Taste of the Cove, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, and the Latin Food Festival to name a few. He is featured in a cookbook showcasing San Diego’s top chefs, San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from American’s Finest City, and is a weekly recipe contributor to 860 AM Radio and Mexico Aqui magazine. Mario’s ongoing commitment to excellence and his genuine hospitality, paired with his passion and love of food, always ensures his guests leave happy.