BIO: Brian Mullins, Co-Owner/Chef, Ms. Cheezious
Before bringing Ms. Cheezious to the streets of Miami in 2010, Brian Mullins had acquired over 25 years of experience in the culinary industry, working with some of the most prestigious brands and opening over 30 restaurants throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe. He was raised in a Long Island gastronomic powerhouse where inspiration wafted from the kitchen each time his mother and grandmother were near the stove. Developing a deep appreciation for food at an early age, Mullins would spend days keeping a watchful eye on the techniques his grandmother used when preparing family meals, and would take over the kitchen afterward to experiment on his own. He credits these moments, in addition to his strong culinary genes, as the catalyst for his career.
By age 15, Mullins had successfully developed into a self-taught chef, and front of house operations quickly became his next great passion. Soon he was traveling and opening restaurants across the map, while also absorbing the culture and experiencing the food in destinations including Hong Kong, London, Hawaii, Moscow, Indonesia and Mexico.
In 2010, Mullins was ready to create a restaurant concept of his own. Staying true to the Mullins' culinary philosophy that the most prized moments are created around good food and good people, he decided to create a menu based on the widely enjoyed grilled cheese sandwich. Using fresh ingredients and inspiration from his diverse palate, Mullins adds new layers of flavor to the classic American favorite.
Since Ms. Cheezious' launch, Mullins has made it one of Miami's most popular food truck and dining destinations. He has earned a great number of accolades and rave reviews, including South Beach Wine and Food Festival People's choice award for Best Food Truck 2 years in a row and featured on numerous local and national press outlets.
With his creative cooking spirit and flair for business, Mullins has expanded the Ms. Cheezious brand to include 2 food trucks and a brick and mortar location in the historic MIMO district of Miami, located at 7418 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Fl 33138.
Learn More About Brian Mullins
What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
My earliest food memories are during Christmas as a child. My grandmother would make pierogies from scratch. We would eat them as fast as she could make them.
If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
My favorite SOBEWFF memories to date were winning People's choice for Best food truck at the food truck events the two years they occurred.
If this is your first year participating in SOBEWFF, what are you most looking forward to?
It is not my first year, but every year I have participated has been exciting. Getting to meet all the people that come to the events and chefs from all over the country is always a good time.
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I never leave home without my: