Mark Militello was born in El Paso, Texas, raised in Buffalo, New York, and studied Pre-Med at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He then went on to earn culinary degrees from New York State University and Florida International University. He achieved prominence as a chef at Café Max in Pompano Beach, which he developed into three restaurants.
He eventually became both executive chef and co-owner of one of these eateries, which was named Mark’s Place. In 1995, Great Chefs showed up at Mark’s Place to tape him for their Great Chefs – Great Cities series on the Discovery Channel. Over the years, he picked up his share of awards including Best Chef in the American Southeast, and Food & Wine named him one of the 10 Best Chefs in America.
In ensuing years, he operated four other namesake restaurants in South Florida, and is revered as one of the “Mango Gang” – a group of Miami area chefs who revolutionized the South Florida dining landscape in the 1980s and 90s.
Today, while residing in Ft Lauderdale with his wife Chrissy and two daughters, he consults and serves as executive chef for Zach Erdem’s “75 Main” restaurants in Delray Beach, Florida and Southampton, New York. Loyal South Florida fans of Chef Mark are now traveling to Delray to relive past moments of cutting edge cuisine now being served at 75 Main.