Anthony Marini is the Chef and Owner of The Pass in Charleston. A small sandwich and retail shop by day and an elevated, private Chef’s Table with a seasonal eight course menu for one reservation each night. A Philadelphia native, Anthony has been lucky to do everything from working in fine dining restaurants across the U.S. to education to owning his own restaurants. Anthony introduced his first restaurant, AMBA, and (local) restaurant and cocktail bar in Birmingham, Alabama as Executive Chef and Partner. (local) restaurant and cocktail bar quickly received four stars in the Birmingham News, then won "Best New Restaurant" by Birmingham Weekly. Anthony was voted one of the "Top Three Chefs" and (local) was voted one of the "Top Three Restaurants" in subsequent years also by the Birmingham Weekly. (local) garnered outstanding reviews from Birmingham Magazine, The Birmingham News, Portico Magazine and was featured in Bon Appetit, Cooking with Paula Deen and the New York Times. While at (local) Anthony was invited to head the "Best of Birmingham" dinner at the James Beard Foundation in New York City.
Anthony competed and won in Season 2 of the CNBC network show "Restaurant Startup" which garnered the first customer food survey of 100% on the show's history. Hosts and Investors Joe Bastianich and Tim Love both offered investments to Anthony.
Anthony participates with Meals on Wheels, The Susan G. Komen Foundation and various autism related charities. He also is a guest speaker at George Mason University and Georgetown University.