Having grown up in the hospitality industry, working in the kitchens of his parent’s pubs and restaurants, becoming a chef was the only career path Mark ever considered. After leaving catering college in Glasgow, Mark honed his culinary skills in top restaurants such as Glasgow’s One Devonshire Gardens and Heston Blumenthal’s 3 Michelin starred Fat Duck. Mark went on to appear in the very first series of BBC’s Masterchef the Professionals, headed up an award winning country restaurant and taught in a high profile cookery school, before returning home in 2009 to join the family business.
In late 2013 following the sale of his family business Mark made the decision to move away from cooking in restaurants and turn his attention to becoming a private chef, a decision which has seen Mark become one of the most respected and sought after private chefs in the country. Mark travels the globe cooking for a very exclusive client base which includes some of the biggest Hollywood stars and the world’s most respected business leaders.
Awards and Accolades
2008 Received 3 AA Rosettes for the first time in his own kitchen
2008 Featured in the Michelin Guide for the first time in his own kitchen
2008 Finalist Restaurant Chef of Year
2017 Springboard Awards for Excellence – Winner Chris Beaumont Special Achievement Award
2018 Craft Guild of Chef Awards – Winner 2018 Diploma
2018 Scottish Food Awards – Winner Private Chef of the Year
2018 Thistle Awards – Runner Up Hospitality Hero
2018 Springboard Awards for Excellence – Winner Hospitality Ambassador of the Year
2019 Springboard Awards for Excellence – Runner Up Hospitality Ambassador of the Year
2020 Staff Canteen Awards – Nominee Lockdown Community Hero
2021 Springboard Awards for Excellence – Nominee Community Engagement Award (to be announced)