Chef Mario Medina cooked at for his siblings, favoring recipes his mother shared at his young age. After growing up in Southern California, Medina enlisted in the US Navy. Pursuing culinary interests, he graduated top of his class in Navy Culinary School in San Antonio, TX. He was later stationed in San Diego, California and became Sous Chef of a ship kitchen.
After returning home from a tour to Iraq, Medina enrolled in the Art Institute of California in Orange County, graduated with honors and received an AA in Culinary Art.
His work experience included Hilton Costa Mesa, Roy’s in Newport, Wolfgang Puck Bistro in Costa Mesa. In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles to work at The Bazaar by Michelin Star Chef Jose Andres. He was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and moved to Las Vegas to open Jaleo Tapas Restaurant for Jose Andres, in Cosmopolitan Hotel, completing three years under the Jose Andres restaurant group.
Addition stints included Fleur by Hubert Keller in Mandalay Bay Hotel, Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse in Paris Hotel and Michael Mina Bellagio.
Chef Medina moved to Austin, TX in 2012 to be close to his family. His talent continues to shine in a different local restaurant and hotel. He is considered to be one of the most talented Chef in Austin. 2018 Chef Medina joined Mia Italian Tapas & Bar as Executive Chef.