Are you waiting for Chopped to air in 2021? Well, it’s here, and with not just one, but two spin-off series — Chopped Next Gen and Chopped 420. Furthermore, the spinoff Next Gen, brings us 12 new promising faces, who will compete in the culinary arena for the $10,000 grand prize. But among them, only one name, Mark Mata, caught our eye.
So, who is he? Stay with this Mark Mata Wiki to know.
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Mark Mata On Chopped
Food Network’s Chopped aired its first-ever episode back in 2007, and even 14 years later it was going strong as ever. On its 2021 spinoff Chopped Next Gen, the show only included 12 young chefs including Mark Mata who will face off against Bobby Flay in the finale.
The winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize.
But this wasn’t Mark’s first time one Chopped. It seems this young chef appeared on series 23 episode 9 of the show back in 2015 and was eliminated right after the appetizer round. He reportedly competed with chefs Jonathan Kavourakis, Diane Vista-Wayne, and Sarah Arkwright.
Also, Mark has appeared on Chopped for its season 16 in 2020. But details on how or when he was eliminated weren’t shared.
Mark Mata Age
Mark Mata was born on June 11, 1984. That made him 37 years of age when he appeared on Chopped in 2021.
Corresponding to his birthday, Mark is of the Gemini zodiac.
Mark Mata stands tall at a height under 5 feet 10 inches (177 cm).
Mentioning his distinct features, Mark has a triangular face, thick eyebrows, and a beautiful smile.
Mark Mata Ethnicity
Mark Mata does look Hispanic, but we are almost sure that he is Asian.
Over an interview with “Broadway world”, Mark even hinted at his ethnicity sharing that Filipino food has influenced his career because he “grew up with it.”
Admittedly, Mark’s love for food goes back to his early childhood. He shared that part of his education came from “experiencing and appreciating the culture of other countries.” So, it could be that he moved around a little with his family before coming to the US.
Overall, all the reports lead us to the conclusion Mark is of Asian ethnicity.
His Instagram, Facebook
As of July 2021, Mark entertained 2.3K followers over his public Instagram @chefmatanyc, and 1.1K followers over his private IG @_markmata.
Also, find him over Facebook @mark.mata.589.
All of his posts over IG then featured his mouth-watering cooking.
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Mark Mata Net Worth
Mark Mata garnered a net worth of over $500 thousand before 2021.
“Cool, calm, and collected,” are the words Mark used to distinguish his work as a chef. He shared that he was interested in cooking ever since he was 9, and thanks to his parents (whom he labeled as career mentors), Mark was able to pursue his culinary interests academically.
But if Mark hadn’t become a chef, he would have listened to his parent’s advice and pursued a medical career at Georgetown University.
Mark went on to study culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America.
Then, immediately after graduating in 2003, he joined Sigolo as executive sous chef and worked there for the next 2 years. Since then, he has worked with popular restaurants like BAR Q, Union Square Cafe, Parea, Spigolo, Bice, The Mermaid, and BiCE Ristorante.
Also, he was reportedly working for August, an under-the-radar restaurant amid the hustle of Midtown Manhattan, in 2016. In May 2019, Mark also reportedly joined The Writing Room restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
As of 2021, Mark was working as an executive chef at Persephone for over 10 years. He also was a business owner registered with Cedric & Chelle: Chase The Dream. According to his page, Mark provided New American and Kosher cuisine at $90 Menu ($90/per person, min.5-max.8 people) or $140 Menu ($140/per person, min.4-max.8 people).
Also, Mark offered private services to the interested ones.
Just in case you are curious, an executive chef’s salary in New York, NY was around $86 thousand per annum.
Trivia: Mark’s favorite meal is his mom’s Chicken Adobo.
Mark Mata Girlfriend, Wife
Mark Mata is a dedicated chef who was experimenting with the best ways to develop his culinary style. So, we guess that he was probably on a break from his romantic life to hone his skill and was single at the time of writing this article.
But as handsome and talented as this chef is, Mark is sure to have a lot of fans shortly. Maybe someday after Chopped, he will take on a girlfriend or probably even a wife, from one of his admirers.
So, until then, keep checking this wiki to remain updated.
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Last modified: July 8, 2021