Born and raised in Las Vegas, Chef Joshua Smith has returned home to join James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina in his newest venture, BARDOT Brasserie at Aria Resort & Casino. As Executive Chef of BARDOT, Smith will be at the helm of Mina’s first traditional French brasserie concept on The Las Vegas Strip, collaborating to create a crave-worthy menu of classic French fare.
With over a decade of experience, Smith has accrued a wealth of knowledge and skill in a variety of roles in restaurants. Most recently Smith was a Divisional Executive Chef for Lettuce Entertain You where he worked beside Chef Matthew Kirkley at the 2 Michelin Starred L20. Prior to that Smith held the role of Executive Chef at various establishments including Anisette Brasserie & Church and State in Los Angeles & Estiatorio Milos in Las Vegas. This also isn’t Smith’s first time working with The Mina Group.
“Returning to Mina Group is like coming home. My first Sous, Executive Sous and even Executive Chef roles were for Michael at SEABLUE,” stated Smith. “I’ve continued to be inspired not only by Chef Mina but also the culinary talents of Mina Group as a whole, it’s a diverse and driven team I’m proud to be a part of once again.”
At BARDOT, Smith is responsible for developing the culinary program for the brasserie including the restaurant’s lively weekend brunch. Upholding Mina Group core values, Smith will oversee the kitchen, leading his team to achieve culinary and hospitality excellence while ensuring an exceptional experience for the guests.
When he’s not in the kitchen, you can find the self-proclaimed “amateur gear head” tinkering with motorcycles, digging into a meal at Raku, or spending time with his family.