Ratcliffe On The Green Chef/Owner Mark A. Hibbs creates unique Contemperary Carolina Cuisine that invites you to come in and “Taste the Carolina’s”. Born on a small farm outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mark grew up watching his mother utilize farm fresh vegetables, meats and wild game. Mark’s passion for cooking began at the age of 9 when his Mother recognized his budding talent and encouraged him to read cookbooks and try his hand at creating dishes by standing on a chair at their kitchen stove.
At age 16, Mark had his first restaurant job. Within two years he had moved to Washington D.C. where he furthered his culinary skills with invaluable experience working under the talents of Chef Claude Picard at the University Club and Chef Frederic Lange at the Seacatch Restaurant. Mark credits both of these French born chefs as major influences in his cuisine.
By the age of 20, Mark had secured his first Executive Chef position at Anton’s 1201 club. He applied his culinary expertise in his role as Executive Chef and quickly became noted, as one of D.C.’s finest. He later assumed a position for a brief stint in California, but realized his true calling was on the East Coast and moved to the Queen City in 1996. Within a year, Mark had accepted the Executive Chef position at Cosmos Café. Under his direction, Cosmos Café has become known for its ever-changing menu highlighting International ingredients and Mark’s flare for unique presentation. In 2004, Mark brought the first ever James Beard Foundation dinner to Charlotte, NC. He furthered his mark with additional charitable contributions participating in benefits such as Chef’s Best and Taste of the Nation as well as being asked to participate in the James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef tour. Cosmos Café hosted the 2nd Annual James Beard dinner in 2005 with Mark heading the team of Charlotte’s finest chefs. Mark’s unique experience is far reaching and also includes appearances on Fox News, WBTV, North Carolina Weekend on WTVI, Time Warner Cable, WBT Radio, as well as in print for Uptown Magazine, The Charlotte Observer and Charlotte Taste Magazine showcasing his many culinary talents.
Hi Mark -- Great to hear from you! I am back in Charlotte on the 3rd and can't wait to come in again for dinner - (hoping for warm weather - it has been freezing here......). BTW I have not been able to get creme brulee anywhere else after having it there.....Also you inspired me to plan an ARK dinner here on Cape Cod - I think it is such a great idea - will be a blast to plan, I am trying to locate foods in our area that might be on the ARK.
This is for all of the slow food charlotte members
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