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 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 then went on to make it to the final 16 of the very first series of BBC’s Masterchef the Professionals in 2008. Since then he’s spent time teaching in a high profile cookery school and was a partner in his family’s restaurant business.
However, in 2014 Mark made the tough decision to move away from cooking in restaurants and turn his attention to becoming a private chef, a decision which in 4 short years has seen Mark become one of the most respected and sought after private chefs in the country, recently he was crowned Private Chef of the Year 2018. 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 tycoons.
Away from the glitz and glamour of being a private chef Mark is a regular face on Scottish television and hosts cookery demonstrations at food festivals across the UK.
Mark is also an ambassador for Miele, the premium kitchen appliance brand and also Springboard, the UK’s hospitality charity. He is a huge supporter of Springboard’s FutureChef programe and spends an enormous amount of his free time in schools and colleges inspiring the next generation of chefs.