Hines competed in Top Chef Masters in 2010 and later that year appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, where she won the “Battle of Pacific Cod.” In early 2011, she opened Golden Beetle restaurant and bar, which offers Eastern Mediterranean cuisine and craft cocktails. She followed that up in 2012, with Agrodolce, a casual trattoria in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood with a focus on Southern Italian and Sicilian food. All three of Hines’ restaurants have earned the highly esteemed organic certification from Oregon Tilth.
She has been a board member of PCC Farmland Trust since 2008 and is a founding member of Seattle Restaurant Week. Hines was a semifinalist for a James Beard award for Outstanding Chef in 2013. Most recently, she was inducted into the first American Chef Corps by the U.S. Department of State.