Rising Star Chef Mark Allen of Le Soir (Now Closed) - Biography

Newton Highlands, , MA

November 2011

A native of Massachusetts, Mark Allen began his culinary training at age 15 and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Allen is recognized both locally and nationally and has been featured on the Television Food Network, local Boston radio stations and a variety of local and national publications.

Though he has charmed kitchens across America with his culinary workings, Allen has been back in Boston for five years now, and has recently opened his own restaurant: Le Soir.

Allen has traveled far and wide as a chef, from Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, to Arizona where he worked under Chef Alessandro Strata's Mobile 5 star restaurant at The Phoenician Resort and to The Opera in San Francisco. In 1997 Allen took the opportunity to return to his hometown, where was appointed chef of The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton. There, he was responsible for the culinary development, execution, presentation and menu preparation for the restaurant. Allen was the youngest and only American chef to head the award-winning Dining Room.

Allen, proven tireless after his tenure at The Ritz-Carlton, has opted to leave the Hotel Dining scene and has opened his own contemporary French bistro Le Soir, which has since closed.