Mark studied in Paris at the l’Academie du Vin and earned a Grande Diplôme d’Etude Culinaire from Ecole du Cuisine La Varenne. After working in Paris, Boston, and Deer Valley, Utah, he moved to Arizona and became the youngest Food & Beverage Director of any Five Diamond property in the world at The Boulders Resort.

In 1994 Mark opened Tarbell’s Restaurant, followed by The Wine Store in 2013 and The Tavern in 2014. He has been recognized with multiple awards including a two-time induction to The Arizona Hall of Culinary Fame (as Chef and as Media Master) and being nominated for “Best Chef – Southwest” by the James Beard Foundation. He and his restaurants have earned more than 50 city and industry awards, including a “Best Restaurant” from Food and Wine magazine.

Mark’s frequent television time includes being the only winner on the 5th season of “Iron Chef America”, and appearing on other Food Network, Fox, Lifetime, ABC, and local programs. He has been the weekly wine columnist for the Arizona Republic since 2004 and a judge at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits competition (the largest and oldest in the country) for almost 20 years.
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