California chef and restaurateur Michael Mina takes us on a tour of his outdoor kitchen.
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Photo: dave lauridsen
Take a Tour
Michael Mina, who owns 12 restaurants in the Bay Area, is by all accounts a city guy. He never imagined living in the country, but in 2010, his wife, Diane, came across this house on three acres in Marin County (about an hour north of San Francisco), and that was it. “We dropped everything so we could live here full time,” he says. Michael built a quarter-acre garden and a custom restaurant-grade outdoor kitchen equipped with a Lynx grill, Viking burners, warming drawers and an industrial dishwasher. The kitchen is often in full swing, especially when chefs from his restaurants come out to develop and test new dishes. “Being here clears our heads,” he says. “We can have a glass of wine and relax and just talk about food.” The space has also kept his relationship with Diane in good standing. “Having my own kitchen is how we’ve been able to stay lovingly married,” he says, laughing. “Diane doesn’t allow me in the indoor one!”