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Mark Russell

Biography

As the executive chef de cuisine for New York City’s sustainability oriented catering and food service company, Great Performances (GP), Mark Russell oversees seasonal recipe and menu development for the broad spectrum of events hosted by GP’s social, corporate ad nonprofit clients. He executes off-premise events and leads the training and development of the culinary team. With an interest in foraging, fishing and gardening, Russell is an ingredient-driven chef committed to the creation of simple, honest food.

His more than 20 years of experience in high end catering in food service includes a stint as... READ MORE

As the executive chef de cuisine for New York City’s sustainability oriented catering and food service company, Great Performances (GP), Mark Russell oversees seasonal recipe and menu development for the broad spectrum of events hosted by GP’s social, corporate ad nonprofit clients. He executes off-premise events and leads the training and development of the culinary team. With an interest in foraging, fishing and gardening, Russell is an ingredient-driven chef committed to the creation of simple, honest food.

His more than 20 years of experience in high end catering in food service includes a stint as chef de cuisine at New York’s Creative Edge Parties and as the executive chef for Dean & Deluca. Russell was also a member of Restaurant Associates’ culinary team, which saw him working on menu research and development for the Guggenheim Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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What is your ultimate meal? For me, a favorite meal starts with the people, because sharing a meal is what makes it special. Beyond that, it would be vegetable based and very informal. I never set a table...just pull dishes out of cabinets when food is ready and encourage people to sit wherever they want. It's all about ease and comfort. What three things are always in your pantry? Good salt, good olive oil, and bourbon. If you weren't a chef, what would you be? I've always wanted to be a chef. If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? My paternal grandmother.