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May 21, 2014

Lunch with Lydia: Chef Michael Mina of Michael Mina 74 at the Fontainebleau

Chef Michael Mina was born in Egypt, grew up in quiet Ellensberg, Wash., and has long made his home outside San Francisco in cool, wine-country idyll. But he has one-upped Cuban Miami’s Caja China, that low-tech box roaster that was born in the mid-1980s in the decidedly unfoodie town of Medley when a Cuban father-and-son team decided South Florida’s apartment and townhouse dwellers should be able to roast a whole pig on Nochebuena — even on their balconies if they wanted to —without the benefit of an old-school backyard pit.

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