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Dairy Free Modernist Development Chef and Personal Cookery Tutor
Mark Apsey is a chef with a wealth of experience having been head chef of numerous high end establishments across the UK.
Reading is Marks hometown and he is excited be embarking on the private chef journey to bring his own brand of cookery to you and your guests. Having worked his way up the ranks in a handful of Michelin starred restaurants, working for chefs such as Nathan Outlaw, John Campbell and Mark Jordan, Mark was promoted to be Alan Murchison’s Head Chef at L’ortolan; Readings only Michelin Starred Restaurant. Following a spell here Mark returned to Cornwall as the head chef of The Idle Rocks in St Mawes. During this time the Sunday Times listed the hotel as the 4th Best Restaurant By The Sea and The UK's Best Sunday Lunch. More recently working in London as Head Chef for the experiential events designers Bompas and Parr, working on events such as G.H. Mumms' House of Mumm in Madrid, Organs of London, and a full relaunch of Häagen Dazs' range of ice creams. Mark has also worked on the creation and development of Lumen Ramen for Dashboard US, a glow in the dark Ramen and cocktail menu for a travelling pop-up bar. Mark also created edible flavoured bubble mixture and an ice lolly that will not melt.
As well as running private events, Mark loves running cookery classes for a one on one basis or something that can be worked into a bespoke or pre-existing menu.
Away from cooking Mark is a keen runner, and was the 2018 Berkshire 1500m champion. Mark is a hands on chef and can’t wait to get cooking for you.
For me, cooking is...
a byproduct from a love of great produce, growth and life. I grow my own vegetables and an extensive selection of herbs which often feature on my menu
I learned to cook at...
I was fortunate to spend the most part of my career in one and two Michelin starred kitchens working with some fantastic chefs.
A role model in the kitchen is...
Any chef or cook who wants to learn and be better than they were yesterday. A quality missing from many modern chefs.
A cooking secret...
I use modern techniques and technology to get the very best from every ingredient I use for maximum flavour.
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Reading.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Reading. You name it!
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Reading.
If you are looking for someone to keep your fridge full of incredible meals in Reading, count me in.
Mark's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Mark
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.