Vegetarian Summerfest Executive Chef:
Award-winning chef, entrepreneur and co-author of The 30-Minute Vegan, The 30-Minute Vegan's Taste of the East, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw andVegan Fusion World Cuisine.
Mark is the winner of Vegan.com's 2011 Recipe of the Year Award and has more than 20 years of experience preparing creative vegan and raw food cuisine. He specializes in vegan and raw food recipe development and offers vegan cuisine workshops, trainings and retreats internationally. Mark is described by VegCooking.com as being "poised on the leading edge of contemporary vegan cooking." He is the co-author of four books and the founding chef of the celebrated Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, winner of a prestigious I'lima Award for "Best Restaurant on Kaua'i." Mark holds a Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition and is the recipient of a Platinum Carrot award given to America's top "innovative and trailblazing healthy chefs."
Mark received his initial culinary training from his grandfather, Benjamin Bimstein, a renowned chef and ice carver in New York City. He developed his love for world culture and cuisine during travel journeys through Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South and Central America. His first cookbook, Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, coauthored with Bo Rinaldi and featuring a foreword by Dr. Jane Goodall, has won several national awards, including a Gourmand Award for "Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA." For more information, please visit www.veganfusion.com