Originally from St John’s newfoundland Mark started working as a line cook in a small Inn and busy restaurant in 1992, due to a scheduling error, he had to cover a pastry position…
In 1993 Mark decided to uproot and move to Alberta where he began as a baker in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff Alberta. Mentored by many professional bakers, Mark quickly moved into an apprenticeship and began his education at SAIT in Calgary. After completing his schooling and becoming a Journeyman Baker, Mark continued to develop his skills at the Banff Springs Hotel until 2008.
After a visit to see his sister in Vancouver, Mark knew that it was time to head to the west coast, he and his wife moved to Vancouver where Mark began working at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. From there Mark joined Canadian Mountain Holidays as pastry chef and baker at the companies various luxury ski lodges throughout the interior of B.C. During this time Mark also worked at the Vancouver Convention Center during his “free time”. From there, Mark joined the Lazy Gourmet catering company and was part of the successful 2010 Olympics chapter for the company.
In 2011 Mark Joined the pre-opening team for the Rosewood Hotel Georgia as pastry chef and was part of the team that was awarded the Forbes 5-star award in its first year of operation. In 2014 an opportunity presented itself for Mark to complete a journey which started in 1993 and he took the position of Executive pastry chef at the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs, leading a brigade of 22 bakers and pastry chefs in a 764-guest room resort with 14 restaurants and bars.
In 2016 Mark returned to Vancouver to join the Four Seasons Vancouver as the Executive pastry chef for the hotel and Yew Restaurant, where he stayed until October of 2017.
A love for teaching brought Mark to the Pacific Institute of Culinary arts. In his current role as Executive Pastry Chef, he oversees the development of the next generation of pastry chefs and bakers. Through education and practice Mark hopes pass his love for baking and pastries on to others.