Mark, who is the head chef at Eckington Manor and was named MasterChef: The Professionals winner in 2015, was recently named as a finalist in the prestigious competition and will now compete for the accolade against nine other renowned chefs from across the UK.
Mark said: “I’m very humbled to be named as a finalist in this acclaimed competition. The British Culinary Federation highlight the very best of the culinary arts, so to have my named amongst the finalists is quite an honour.
“It’s been an incredible journey and I know I’m going to be coming up against some the best chefs this country has to offer, so whatever happens at the finals, I know I can hold my head high.”
Having also won the titles of Young National Chef of the Year and Master of Culinary Arts, Mark now uses his culinary excellence to create unique dishes with produce from Eckington Manor’s award-winning farm, orchard, vegetable and herb gardens.
Sponsored by Aubrey Allen and Bord Bia, the competition’s showpiece event will take place at University College Birmingham on Monday, April 23, where Mark will compete for a place in England’s National Culinary Team, who are competing at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg later this year.
The critically acclaimed judges include Ashley Palmer-Watts, Raymond Blanc, Sat Bains, Pierre Koffmann, Brian Turner and Roger Narbett.