Dena Marino’s refined taste comes from her many years spent under the tutelage of acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Michael Chiarello. Her culinary sophistication has earned her accolades from Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, La Cucina Italiana, Wine Spectator and the New York Post. She hails from Aspen, Colorado, where she gained reputation as the chef of the much respected D19, Ellina and Ajax Tavern. In 2012, Marino opened MC Kitchen in Miami's Design District, showcasing her rustic Italian approach and the use of seasonal organic ingredients. Touted as one of Miami's best and best-looking restaurants, as well as one of the best in America by Esquire magazine, Marino has become a star in Miami's bustling dining scene. Her talents have also been showcased on the Food Network's 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.