A native of Washington, D.C., Marco’s career path wasn’t always headed for the restaurant industry.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Randolph-Macon College, he decided to take a year to work in a restaurant before beginning medical school. During that year, he fell in love with the business and then began a three-year American Culinary Federation apprenticeship at the Tobacco company Restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, while also pursuing a second degree, this one in culinary arts and hotel/restaurant management. He went on to cook at restaurants in New Orleans, New York, Santa Fe and Portland, Oregon.
Marco opened his first restaurant, Fife in Portland in 2002 where he hired Kevin Gillespie as a sous chef in 2006. When Kevin left Portland for Atlanta, he and Marco remained good friends. In 2010 Marco and family moved to Durham, N.C. partnering in his 3rd and 4th restaurants where he was the chef at Piedmont Restaurant. When Kevin decided he wanted to expand his company, Marco was his first call.
Marco joined the Company at the launch of Red Beard Restaurants in 2015. With 20+ years of experience in all facets of the restaurant industry, Marco is able to relate to all of the company’s employees and works hard to help them determine the roles for which they are best suited. As the Vice President of Red Beard, Marco is tasked with helping steer the company and making the visions of the Chief Ideas Man come to life.
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