Rising Star Chef James Mark of north - Biography

Providence, RI

March 2014

James Mark isn’t the “chef” of north; he’s part of a collective, a group of cooks who are making great culinary and community strides in Providence, Rhode Island. And it all began at a mall in Jersey, where a teenage Mark took a job on the line at McCormick & Schmick’s. Culinary school at Johnson & Wales—along with two more McCormick postings—would follow, but it was a co-op at Maes-y-Neuadd Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Wales that proved pivotal. That’s where Mark picked his first vegetables and first felt the call of truly honest food.

Newly inspired, Mark pursued a variety of triumphs and defeats, including baking at Maxie’s, cementing his culinary philosophy within the Momofuku empire, a definitive trip to Asia, and even (briefly) abandoning the industry for a vagabond life. But fate and nagging talent brought Mark back to Providence, where work as a late night chef transitioned to whole animal butchery and, finally, the foundations of north, where Mark earned a 2014 StarChefs.com Rising Star Community Award.