Rising Star Chef Marc Cassel of Peavy Road - Biography

Dallas, TX

November 2011

A resident of East Dallas since 1989, Marc Cassel embarked on his culinary journey at 32 after receiving his degree from Dallas’ El Centro College, Chef Apprenticeship Program. In 1991 Cassel began his career as an apprentice at the Dallas Country Club.

Cassel worked at landmark restaurants Baby Routh, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Star Canyon, and Azalea, and credits Stephan Pyles, Kevin Rathbun, and Kent Rathbun with sharpening his time management skills and propelling him on a creative culinary path.

Cassel served as the executive chef for over eight years at the Deep Ellum neighborhood eatery, The Green Room, gaining a strong following among fellow chefs and food connoisseurs for his famous “Feed Me, Wine Me” format. His next move was to Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza, where Cassel brought a breath of fresh air to traditionally uptight hotel fine dining. His work at Dragonfly earned him a 2007 StarChefs.com Rising Star Award. After transforming Dragonfly, Cassel became partner and executive chef at Park, an "off-beat, rollicking, and sometimes whimsical," Dallas scene-stealer, according to the Dallas Observer, where fried chicken and mac and cheese were a clear (and fun) departure from Cassel's fine-dining roots.

His latest venture, the beachy, seafood focused Peavy Road, opened in 2011.