CHEF MARK WOODRUFF
Chef Mark Woodruff cooks with both soul and memories of the flavors he grew up with as the son of restaurateurs outside of Dallas. With flavors as big as Texas, Chef Mark creates boldly flavored, deeply satisfying dishes at his restaurant MADE in Sarasota, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. He also shares an exuberant, approachable cooking style and love for the front of house as well.
Starting in the restaurant industry in Texas with his family at the age of nine, Chef Mark was born to be in the “biz”. His family had numerous concepts including Italian, Southern, classic home cooking style, and Tex-Mex. Mark spent weekends, holidays and summers helping his family run the restaurants his whole life. After Graduating high school in Texas, he moved to Florida to pursue interest in the family business. Wanting to gain as much knowledge as possible Mark spent some time in the liquor business as a salesman as well. In 2005 Mark enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. Spending his weekends in New York City working for free at some high profile restaurants in Manhattan, Mark also spent his externship back in Sarasota working at the Ritz Carlton. Mark graduated in 2007 at the top of his class, and decided to come back to Florida and work with his family again.