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Portland, OR





Mark Bitterman


Mark Bitterman is a leading expert on culinary salt, chocolate, and cocktail bitters.  He won a James Beard Award for his first book, Salted, and his latest book, Salt Block Cooking, again pioneers new concepts in cooking, leading the charge into the culinary adventure of cooking on salt blocks. Mark is the owner of the specialty store, The Meadow, with locations in Portland, OR and New York City.  The shops carry the largest selection of artisan salt and cocktail bitters in the world, and perhaps the largest curated selection of chocolate bars.

Mark collaborates with celebrated chefs around the country and lectures at culinary schools such as the French Culinary Institute, the Institute of Culinary Education, and Le Cordon Bleu. Mark has been recognized as a Local Food Hero by Cooking Light and a Tastemaker in Food & Wine. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, O, GQ, Rachael Ray, Wine Spectator, Esquire, and on The Splendid Table, All Things Considered, Bizarre Foods, CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, the History Channel, and more.

In addition to winning the James Beard Award in 2011 for Scholarship and Reference, Salted is also a finalist in two categories for the International Association for Culinary Professionals awards.