Chef Spotlight

Anyone who asks Chef John Minas where his love of cooking and fine dining originated will be met with a smile and a story that shows his admiration of the art of cooking from a young age.

Chef Minas grew up in the deep-rooted Armenian community of Watertown, Massachusetts, with his Armenian and Assyrian family. He fondly recollects visiting his grandfather’s home every Sunday and watching as his grandfather poured his love into traditional Armenian and Middle Eastern dishes. The creativity he experienced through his grandfather’s cooking ignited a fire within Chef Minas.

Chef Minas’ love and dedication lead him to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he trained and learned valuable techniques he carries with him today. Through his entire professional career, he has been devoted to furthering his knowledge of food, from nutritional cooking to classical methods.

In 2011, he was honored by serving as the Executive Chef to Florida’s First Family. For four years, Chef Minas proudly served the Governor and First Lady healthy, flavorful dishes with a global twist.

Chef Minas is excited to be sharing his internationally inspired cuisine with the entire Tallahassee community.