Mark started by discovering the stoves accidentally and ended up becoming an unquestionable symbol of new Australian Cuisine “I aim to bring, the extraordinary produce of Australia, to a point of celebration & unnatural expression”. Having worked as an electrician, in 1990 aged 25 Mark commenced a culinary apprenticeship. He was named Sydney’s best young chef in 1995, the year he opened Peninsula Bistro. With a desire to further study French Cuisine in 1998 he worked at ‘L’Arpége’ in Paris, Alain Passard’s Gastro Temple, followed by a stint at Raymond Blanc’s, ‘Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons’. These experiences fuelled his desire to start another restaurant, multi award winning Marque opened in 1999.
In 2016 ‘Bistro’ by Mark Best opened on the Genting Dream, a luxury ship, and now has restaurants on three ships for the line, sailing out of Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong. His onscreen appearances include Martha Stewart, Masterchef Australia & ‘The Final Table’ for Netflix.
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