Photo credit: Dori Phaff
Mark opened Marvelous Market in 1990, the first bakery in Washington to offer
traditional European breads. The concept and quality of his breads were so novel to
the city that customers stood in lines that extended down the street to buy the two
loaves to which they were limited.
In 1997 he opened The BreadLine, a restaurant serving traditional bread-based food
that won him nominations from the James Beard Foundation as best chef in the Mid-
Atlantic, ratings as a top restaurant in America by Zagat, and selection as one of the
Washington Post’s favorite spots.
After selling The BreadLine, he consulted for several top chefs and bakers.
He helped to open Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery, Bien Cuit in Brooklyn and
developed the bread program for the Napa Valley campus of the Culinary Institute
In 2014, he opened Bread Furst and in 2017 he was named by the James Beard
Foundation as Outstanding Baker of the United States.