Brian was born in Illinois, raised in Naples, Florida, and has traveled the world entrenching himself in global cuisines and fine arts. He moved to Nashville from Chicago in 2016 to open The Mockingbird. Brian had the chance to showcase his skills on Season 24 of the Food Network’s award-winning show “Chopped.” He not only walked away the victor, he also reconnected with long-time friend Maneet Chauhan and the concept for The Mockingbird was born. He’s since been on Food Network’s “Bite Club” where he came out the champ, as well as “Beat Bobby Flay” where he battled viciously and was also featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters” while he and Mikey searched for their Nashville home!
Mikey, born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, was highly influenced by his Tex-Mexican family cooking, a staple in his home throughout his childhood. After a brief stint in Boston, Mikey landed in Laredo, Texas / Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Here, he learned about and honed in on true Mexican lifestyle. The vivaciousness of the public markets, food cooking on street corners, bright colors of art lining the streets – this all fed Mikey’s ultimate goal of always embracing this liveliness in whatever city he called home. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a B.F.A. in Ad Art Direction, while simultaneously working for a top restaurant in Windy City, Mikey met Brian and they became partners in business and life. Their success with Yo Soy Underground Supper and Brian’s win on Season 24 of “Chopped” led them to Nashville in 2016 to open The Mockingbird.