Newman Mina - Newman, Mina

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Chef Mina Newman is the creative force behind the restaurant Sen Sakana. Of Peruvian descent, Mina has long awaited the opportunity to present the cuisine of her heritage to New York diners, and it is with great pride that she finally does so. At Sen Sakana, she collaborates with Osaka native Taku Nagai, a well-respected chef in his own right, who worked in New York at the Ootoya restaurants, to blend Japanese and Peruvian flavors and dishes, showcasing the cuisine that was created with the migration of Japanese people to Peru. Sen Sakana also marks... READ MORE

Chef Mina Newman is the creative force behind the restaurant Sen Sakana. Of Peruvian descent, Mina has long awaited the opportunity to present the cuisine of her heritage to New York diners, and it is with great pride that she finally does so. At Sen Sakana, she collaborates with Osaka native Taku Nagai, a well-respected chef in his own right, who worked in New York at the Ootoya restaurants, to blend Japanese and Peruvian flavors and dishes, showcasing the cuisine that was created with the migration of Japanese people to Peru. Sen Sakana also marks Mina’s return to a restaurant kitchen, having served as executive chef of the elegant event space Edison Ballroom since 2008, and as a consultant on Christo’s Steak House in Astoria.

Early in her career, Mina served as the chef of Drew Nieporent’s Layla, one of the first restaurants to showcase Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, and Dylan Prime, which billed itself as a female-friendly steakhouse. Mina also owned and operated the catering company, Boutique, which served clients such as Citigroup, J. Crew and jewelry designer Judith Ripka.

Throughout her career Mina has worked with some of the best chefs in New York including Marc Murphy, Joey Fortunato and Laurent Tourandel. She was also part of the kitchen team at C.T., the restaurant that brought Brazilian celebrity chef Claude Troisgros to New York City. She has also appeared on countless television shows, and was the winner of “Chopped” in 2009.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Ugly Baby. Kua Kling Beef Curry What is your ultimate meal? Peruvian Ceviche nice and spicy, Grilled Anticuchos and Tripe grilled over charcoal in Peru! The smells alone takes me back to my childhood. What three things are always in your pantry? Rice - usually three kinds, Japanese sushi rice, quinoa blend of rice, basmati, Coffee - again at least three or four varieties, Salts- kosher, Sea, Spicy Smoked from all over. I collect salt when I travel and friends bring me salt when they travel If you weren't a chef, what would you be? Doctor. Most likely a Pediatrician If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? Dominique Crenn What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? The very first time I walked into the Grand Tasting Tent and the first time I walked on stage to give the demo.