Private Chef Markus Ford is known for his uncanny ability to appeal to the senses through the fusion of taste and style with his edible creations. As a Chef, Markus recalls his first paycheck from catering was at age 16. When it comes to event planning, even some of his grammar school buddies will tell you he organized his eight-grade luncheon when the teacher canceled it! He went straight from high school to culinary school and has not stopped.

Markus studied at The Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now Le Cordon Bleu); where he began to first turn his love of fine food into an art form as a professional Chef.  His training however is ongoing. In the past years, Chef Markus has traveled to over 40 cities in some 20 countries all over the world. In each city, if he is not working, he makes time to meet local Chefs, to watch, learn and explore. His mantra, ‘You Might As Well Be Opulent’ is evident in everything he does (you can even tell by his wardrobe). This theme continues to transcend culinary boundaries as well as his client’s expectations. And speaking of clients, Chef never divulges who he works for but has been spotted working for local and foreign business-people some with a net worth upwards of $10,000,000,000!

“Cooking is physically demanding” says Chef. “I have been a line cook, a prep cook, an Executive Chef and everything in between. Now I am fully focused on pleasing my private clientele. It is a different lifestyle, one with no set hours, but I love the ever-changing challenges of working in the private sector.”  From TV appearances to private jets whisking him off to elite remote areas, Chef Markus keeps himself busy. His next endeavor you ask…. He is looking for his own TV show and a three-book deal. So far, his food has been tasted by Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre and he has cooked alongside such greats as Cat Cora & Chris Consentino and shared the spotlight with Paula Deen, Todd English and Duff Goldman.