MARK is an Entrepreneur with businesses in the USA and Japan, a James Beard Award Winning Author of 5 books on food and drink, and a hungry world traveller who, ironically, rarely eats out on when home in his native Portland.
And what is a “selmelier?” Well, last we checked it was not SCRABBLE certified. But in a nutshell, it’s a salt expert—a term coined by Mark to underscore that salt isn’t just salt. It’s stories of the people, traditions, ecologies, and economies of the world. Salt is never far from his mind. If you love food, excitement, mystery, and beauty all wrapped up in one infinitely complex crystal, salt is a world worth exploring.
A leading expert on craft salt, chocolate, and cocktail bitters, Mark has clientele ranging from top chefs to food manufacturers to home cooks. Mark leads salt-inspired dinners at many celebrated restaurants and lectures at culinary schools such as the French Culinary Institute, the Institute of Culinary Education, and Le Cordon Bleu. Mark has been developing recipes and consulting with various chefs, restaurants, and culinary institutions since 2006. As a consultant and selmelier, Mark provides insight and expertise that helps chefs and retailers get the best possible results from their food, restaurants, and stores.
For personal insight on finishing salt, professional development and training opportunities with Mark, or if you are interested in having Mark speak at your next event, please contact him below.