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Chefs Mary Sue Millikenn and Susan Feniger

Too Hot Tamales Chefs Featured in LACC Food Bank PSA

Originally Published: 10/17/2018

The “Too Hot Tamales”, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, are featured in our new PSA for the LACC Pop-Up Food Bank.

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are award-winning chefs, cookbook authors, television personalities, entrepreneurs, and pioneers of world cuisine. They teamed up more than 35 years ago to open City Café and CITY Restaurant in Los Angeles. Widely recognized as ambassadors of modern Mexican cuisine, the duo are co-chefs and co-owners of Border Grill restaurants, trucks, and catering in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In June 2018, they debuted a grab-and-go Mexican BBQ eatery at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and later this year they'll return to Santa Monica with a new all-day Mexican restaurant.

This year, they were named the recipients of the Los Angeles Times' annual Gold Award.  Between the two of them, they have co-authored six cookbooks and together starred in nearly 400 episodes of the Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales" television series. Both competed in different seasons of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters," each winning money for their selected charities. Active members of the community, the duo joined a handful of progressive colleagues to start Chefs Collaborative with a mission to inspire, educate, and celebrate chefs and food professionals building a better food system, and Mary Sue co-founded Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, an organization promoting women's education and advancement in the restaurant industry. Mary Sue serves as a board member of both Share Our Strength and the James Beard Foundation. Susan serves on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, L.A. LGBT Center, and L.A. Tourism & Convention Board. In addition, they are passionate about the environment and lead the culinary industry with eco-friendly policies at their restaurants and trucks.

Hi, I'm Susan Feniger.

And I'm Mary Sue Milliken.

Did you know that one in seven people in Los Angeles County experienced food insecurity?

And Los Angeles City College is helping students to fight that hunger.

LACC has opened a pop-up food bank providing free, fresh food for its students.

Now you can help by donating at

Every dollar makes a difference!

Donate to the Food For Thought Pop Up Food Bank

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911