Antonios Minadakis is the co-owner and executive chef of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. As executive chef, he is responsible for all culinary activities on the property, directing day-to-day operations of the restaurant, banquets, bars, carry-out, and even our meal prep company, Jimmy’s Famous Meals. He also leads the culinary team in developing and executing new inspired menus and recipes.
Tony was, quite literally, raised in the business. Living in an apartment on top of Jimmy’s for the first 27 years of his life, he would eagerly help our founder and his beloved father, Jimmy, since he could walk. He has mastered every position in the industry, beginning as a dishwasher and buster, before eventually making his way into the kitchen. It was there where he discovered his passion for the culinary arts, absorbing advice and knowledge like a sponge.
With his family’s origins based in the tiny Greek island of Karpathos, he has made it his life’s purpose to travel home – and across the globe – to constantly expand his mastery of the industry. He frequently calls on his experiences from Greece, New Orleans, Mexico, and Spain to bring our guests the most expansive pallet possible. Deep down, his creations always have a taste of Maryland. He travels to all parts of the state to ensure Jimmy’s features the finest local produce, seafood, and ingredients The Old Line State has to offer.
At the young age of 27, he was featured for the first of four times on The Food Network, wowing Guy Fieri with his colossal crab cakes. Since then, he’s battled Bobby Flay, and been featured on several other national cooking shows, including two appearances on Travel Channel. His secret? Quality ingredients and respect for the past. He stays true to Jimmy’s recipes and work ethic, while continuing to scour the earth for the finest components possible.