Located in Miami’s Design District, MC Kitchen sets the table with modern Italian cuisine. Through the use of green market sensibility we offer seasonal dishes with ingredients selected on the basis of quality, harvest maturity and farming integrity.
“Marino has the uncanny ability to add just one more element that not only pulls a dish together but lifts it up on its tiptoes and makes it dance.” -- Tom Passavant, Aspen Magazine
A tavola non si invecchia the famous Italian saying translating as “you don’t age while seated for a meal” could describe the vibrant and fresh approach that Dena Marino is bringing to Miami’s culinary landscape.
A bella in her own right, Marino’s relocation from Colorado to Florida in 2010 was sparked by enthusiasm to get closer to the source of many of her ingredients. With culinary prestige at the forefront, Marino brings unbridled creativity to her menus.
Hailing from Aspen, where she has been celebrated as the chef of the much respected D19, Ellina and Ajax Tavern, this bella-chef has been touted as a “hot young chef” (2001) and opened many-a-door for the critique of the food-centric media circus.
With Aspen Magazine setting the media standards high, Marino delivered with accolades from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Wine Spectator. She has appeared on several episodes of the Food Network's acclaimed series “Follow That Food with Gordon Elliott”; Tom Colicchio’s “Eat Drink or Die” series and in January of 2010 she challenged Masaharu Morimoto to “Battle Fig” on “Iron Chef America”.
While some might consider Marino the valedictorian of her “culinary class,” she stays humbled, attributing the foundation of her schooling to her Nonna’s classroom where she sat front row on the kitchen counter.
“Growing up, we were a big, food-oriented family," said Marino. “Pasta, sausage, cheese and sauces were always homemade.”
Marino’s refined taste comes from her three years spent under the tutelage of acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Michael Chiarello. It was at his celebrated Tra Vigne, Napa Valley, that she polished her family-style, Italian-American roots.
Marino debuts at MC Kitchen in Miami's Design District. The cuisine will speak to her rustic Italian approach showcasing modern techniques through the use of seasonal organic ingredients, house-cured meats and sausages as well as house-made cheeses and pastas.
When Marino is not in the kitchen or spending time with her husband and son, she enjoys partaking in culinary-themed adventures like Celebrity Cruise Lines where she was honored as “Destination Chef” in 2010 and 2011.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Brandy left home early for the University of Miami, enrolling immediately into a graduate course that took her to Jamaica, and she has been exploring the world ever since.
She was an early part of the South Beach retail scene and, throughout the years, has worked for some of the world’s greatest luxury retailers including Tiffany & Co, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, and Neiman Marcus. After spending a year in Denver at a public relations firm, she moved to Aspen for a change of pace. It was there she found a part-time job at Ajax Tavern, working for Dena Marino.
Brandy and Dena have been friends ever since and recently re-connected here in Miami on their first project together, MC Kitchen. Brandy has lived in many cities throughout the United States. She has worked in a variety of capacities, most recently as the Director of Business Development for Coastal Development in New York City. Previously, she worked in politics, including two Presidential campaigns. Throughout her career, Brandy has maintained a home in Miami Beach.
Her role as Managing Partner will be design, concept and partner development as well as pursuing future business opportunities. Not to mention driving Dena crazy.....