Mark StrausmanMark Strausman
Mark Strausman is a chef, restaurateur, and author based in New York City. He received his culinary training in Michelin-starred hotel restaurant kitchens in Europe, working his way up from lowly chef de commis (junior cook) to the coveted position of chef de parti (senior chef), unheard of for an American in the mid-1980s.
Strausman is chef/owner of the critically-acclaimed Mark’s Off Madison Restaurant and Bagel Bakery in NYC’s Flatiron District. Opened late 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Mark’s earned a glowing review from Pete Wells of The New York Times, and is included in Esquire’s “40 Best New Restaurants in America, 2021.”
He had a successful 24-year run as Managing Director of the restaurant Freds at Barneys New York, until the shuttering of Barneys New York in February 2020. He created Freds for the Madison Avenue flagship store in 1996, and also developed satellite Freds in Chicago, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and Barneys’ Downtown Chelsea locations. Previously, he was known for the groundbreaking Italian restaurant, Campagna, and Agriturismo in New York’s Hudson Valley, and partnered to create Coco Pazzo in New York City, and Sapore di Mare in East Hampton.
He is author of The Freds at Barneys New York Cookbook, the James Beard Award nominated Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen, and The Campagna Table.
Television appearances include NBC’s TODAY show, CBS This Morning, Good Day New York, and The KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles. He has logged multiple appearances on Martha Stewart Living, The David Letterman Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and many others. He’s written for Yahoo and The Huffington Post, and consults widely within the food and beverage industry.