The Pubbelly Group’s Founding Partner and Chef, Jose Mendin, was born into a heavy food culture, the child of “food enthusiast” parents and a great-grandmother who was a cooking instructor. Though it wasn’t until Mendin went off to college and needed to prepare his own meals that he realized his adoration for cooking. Chef Mendin has been a recognized nominee of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef South” for five consecutive years from 2011-2015 and has received national acknowledgements from Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Departures Serious Eats, Departures and The Cooking Channel, among many others.
The Pubbelly Group’s collection of restaurants and bars continue to expand on both a national and international scale, and now includes: Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Pubbelly Sushi (American Airlines Arena, Brickell City Centre, Casa de Campo and Miami Beach), Food Republic (aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape), Pubbelly Station, Pawn Broker, Pubbelly Sushi Market and their latest concept in Mendin’s hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, named PB Ysla.
Accolades & Publications
- James Beard Foundation – Best Chef: South Nominee (2011-2015)