Mark discovered his passion for cooking in seventh grade and got a job with a local caterer during high school. Although he was accepted to a prestigious culinary school, a health issue prevented Mark from completing that program.
Back home in Stevens Point, Mark returned to his job at the catering company. A co-worker suggested the accelerated Culinary Arts program at Fox Valley Technical College as a next step.
"The quality of the kitchen facilities at Fox Valley Tech was impressive, and it was obvious that the instructors were skilled and committed to students," Mark recalls.
Mark currently works as a chef for a California-based food service provider at Lawrence University in Appleton.
Each year Mark appears with Chef Jeff Igel, a FVTC instructor, at a community cooking show.