Peel is the executive chef and owner of Campanile
restaurant. He was born and raised in both Southern and Northern
the time Mark was in high school, he had worked in a series
of kitchen jobs which included a stint as a fry cook at Cindy's,
a coffee shop which serviced a 24 hour freeway truckstop in
San Gabriel Valley. He majored in history at the University
of California at Santa Barbara before transferring to the
hotel and restaurant department at California Polytechnic
University at Pomona. While still in college, he wrangled
a job peeling vegetables for chef Wolfgang Puck at Ma Maison
restaurant. As part of Ma Maison's informal apprenticeship
program, he was sent to work at two French three-star restaurants,
La Tour d'Argents and Moulinde Mougins. Mark was Sous chef
at Michael's restaurant in Santa Monica when he met his future
wife, pastry chef Nancy
opening Spago in 1982 as head chef under Wolfgang Puck at
Spago, a position he held for 3 1/2 years, he spent a year
working at the celebrated Chez
Panisse in Berkeley, California. In 1985, he and Silverton
put in six months revamping Maxwell's Plum in New York. In
June of 1989, he opened Campanile restaurant.
and Nancy co-authored their cookbook: "Mark
Peel and Nancy Silverton At Home; Two Chefs Cook for Family
and Friends". They have currently completed work on another
cookbook together, "The Food of Campanile," published by Villard.
The couple have three children, Vanessa, Benjamin and Oliver.
1997 DiRona, Distinguished Restaurant of North America
1996 Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Award
1996 James Beard, nominated for Best American Chef, California
1995 Southern California Restaurant Writers, Restauranteur
of the Year & Restaurant of the Year.
1995 James Beard, nominated for Best American Chef, California.
1990 James Beard, nominated for Best American Chef, California.
1989 Food & Wine Magazine, Best New Chefs
DiRoNA, Distinguished Restaurant of North America
Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Award
James Beard, nominated for Best American Chef, California