Author(s): Mark Best
Marque is a unique and exquisite celebration of food, showcasing inspirational recipes and techniques from one of the most talented chefs in the world. Marque is a highly illustrated contemporary recipe book, celebrating the successful Sydney restaurant which is considered to be one of the finest in the world. Since opening in 1999, Marque has been consistently awarded and recognised for its innovative approach to food. In Marque, owner and chef Mark Best has selected eighty signature recipes that showcase the restaurant’s influence on contemporary cuisine in the culinary world. Most of the dishes contained in this collection are complete meals, but Mark has also included some smaller recipes and techniques which form the backbone for many of his dishes. From Slow-cooked Rock Cod with Scampi Anglaise, Potatoes, and Button Mushrooms to Roquefort with Apple and Mustard, from White Rabbit with Wakame, Cashew and Zucchini to Chocolate Vermicelli, Kumquats and Yogurt, Marque will take you on a culinary adventure that will delight the senses. René Redzepi of Noma Retaurant—the World’s Best Chef (2011 San Pellegrino Awards)—wrote in his foreword, "Mark approaches his cuisine with an open mind, dedication to detail, and perseverance that he describes as ‘an eternal dissatisfaction’—this defines his relentless search for creativity with a surprising and disarming intellect. His artistic rigor is demonstrated in the beautiful plating."
Mark Best became a chef by default. A sparkie in the WA goldmines and later in the submarines at Sydney's Cockatoo Island it was not until he was 25, doing a stint to help out at a mate's restaurant, that Best discovered cooking. That restaurant was Macleay Street Bistro, it was in its heyday, and Best fell in love. Now, over 15 years later, Best is one of the best in the world. Situated in Surry Hills, Marque Restaurant is an elegant 50-seater, where each night Best aims to get those 50 people excited, and his food certainly achieves that. One of only four Australian restaurants to make the coveted top 100 in the San Pellegrino World's Best Restaurant awards, Marque continues to push the culinary boundaries in the food world.