Chef Michael Mina and Renowned Restaurateur Ayesha Curry Bring
a New Spark of Flavor to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 28, 2019) – Award-winning chef Michael Mina and renowned restaurateur Ayesha Curry will light up Las Vegas with their nationally recognized dining collaboration International Smoke, opening this December at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. Inspired by Curry and Mina’s shared love of global travels and international cooking techniques, International Smoke is a chef-driven, wood-fired cooking experience that delivers flavorful, smoke-infused dishes.

“Everyone knows Las Vegas is a food mecca that attracts travelers from all over the world looking to step outside their culinary comfort zone. That’s exactly what we want to bring to MGM Grand with International Smoke,” said Ayesha Curry. “From the adventurous eater to the one who doesn’t stray from classics, we challenge our guests to ignite their palates with one-of-a-kind dishes and vibrant flavors.”

Celebrating both tradition and originality, the menu offers a wide selection of wood-fired dishes featuring flavorful spices, locally sourced meats, fresh seafood and plant-based options, in addition to a beverage program of crafty cocktails, boozy punch bowls and a carefully curated beer list.

The menu will feature some of International Smoke’s signature items, including:

  • Smoked St. Louis Cut Pork Ribs: Choose between three distinct spice blends finished with signature international sauces including American Barbeque with Smokey Mama Sauce; Vietnamese Lemongrass with Saigon Streusel; and Korean Sesame-Gochujang with toasted black sesame seeds
  • Shellfish Platter: Charcoal-grilled oysters, shrimp, lobster and crab are served hot and steamed tableside with lemon grass tea
  • Ayesha’s Fresh Baked Cornbread: Served with Thai red curry butter
  • Gina Jamaica: Ayesha’s signature cocktail with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Barsol Pisco, cucumber and basil

Chief Hospitality Officer Ari Kastrati said, “Michael and Ayesha have created a fun brand and dining experience with International Smoke. We are excited to now partner with them and bring the concept to Las Vegas. MGM Grand guests can enjoy their dining experience while watching a sporting event in a lively and energetic space that will quickly become a destination for the resort.”

In 2016, Curry and Mina debuted International Smoke as a pop-up at MINA Test Kitchen in San Francisco before opening their first brick and mortar location in San Francisco’s East Cut in 2017. MGM Grand will be the restaurant’s fifth location, adding to Mina’s portfolio of Las Vegas restaurants including his namesake restaurant at Bellagio; BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA; and STRIPSTEAK Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay.

Chef Michael Mina said, “Las Vegas is a second home to me and truly helped put MINA Group on the map. Now travelers and locals alike will get to experience International Smoke’s signature spice and bold flavors in a city that has embraced my cooking and allowed me to grow and develop many of my concepts.”

International Smoke will be open daily for dinner. The restaurant will be located in the Michael Mina PUB 1842 space, which will close this fall. More information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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ABOUT MGM GRAND
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three-star restaurant Joël Robuchon and Morimoto Las Vegas. In addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate conference center with over 850,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas. MGM Grand is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SMOKE
International Smoke infuses the way we gather, share, and experience food with flair and a healthy dose of attitude. Stemmed from Chef Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry’s personal travels around the world, the restaurant celebrates food as the heart of the community and spotlights woodfired steaks, seafood, and ribs. International Smoke recognizes that fire is the start of all cooking and every country shares this culinary spark. The concept debuted in 2016 as a pop-up in MINA Test Kitchen and now has permanent locations in San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and San Diego. For more information, follow International Smoke on Instagram @internationalsmoke, Facebook @internationalsmoke and Twitter @EatAtSmoke.

ABOUT MINA
MINA is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. MINA is led by Chef/Founder Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2003, MINA currently manages over 40 restaurants including BARDOT BRASSERIE in Las Vegas; BOURBON PUB and MICHAEL MINA’s TAILGATE in Santa Clara; BOURBON PUB at San Francisco International Airport; BOURBON STEAK in DC, Glendale, Miami, Nashville, Orange County, Santa Clara and Scottsdale; CLOCK BAR in San Francisco; INTERNATIONAL SMOKE in San Francisco, Houston, Miami, and San Diego; MARGEAUX BRASSERIE and PETIT MARGEAUX in Chicago; MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco and Las Vegas; MINA BRASSERIE in Dubai; MINA’S FISH HOUSE in Oahu; OSTERIA CAL MARE in Los Angeles and Springfield; PABU in San Francisco and Boston; PIZZA & BURGER in Miami Beach; RN74 in Seattle; STRIPSTEAK in Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Waikiki; THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole; THE RAMEN BAR in San Francisco; THE STREET FOOD HALL in Waikiki, and TRAILBLAZER TAVERN in San Francisco. For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.net. Follow Michael Mina on Facebook at Michael Mina, and on Instagram and Twitter at @ChefMichaelMina.

ABOUT AYESHA CURRY
Ayesha Curry is a renowned restauranteur, chef, New York Times Bestselling author, host and Executive Producer of ABC’s “Family Food Fight” and was featured on the prestigious 30 Under 30 list by Forbes Magazine. Her accessible approach to cooking has made her one of the most sought-after experts in food and lifestyle and has amassed over 8 million avid social media followers and subscribers. The face of today’s modern “mompreneur," Ayesha has her own line of cookware, bedding, jewelry, kitchen textiles, mealkits and will soon release her own line of baby food. Ayesha is an ambassador for No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting to end childhood hunger, and along with her husband the co-founder of their family-founded charity Eat. Learn. Play. with a mission to end childhood hunger, ensure universal access to quality education, and enable healthy active lifestyles.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her three kids, Riley, Ryan and Canon, and husband, Stephen.

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MINA Group
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