Mark C. Tafoya is a New York City personal chef. He is also a world traveler and self-taught gourmand. A graduate of Yale University and a former Broadway actor, his love of travel and food has taken him around the world. He hopes to share his love of world cuisine with you!


Personal Chef Mark Tafoya has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company,, Time Out New York and Bon Appetit, on the FOX Business Channel, and his food writing appears in the anthology Food and Philosophy published by Blackwell Press. He is the co-author of the cookbook The Gilded Fork: Entertaining at Home, A Year of Dinner Parties. 


Chef Mark was co-founder of the Culinary Media Network, the world’s first all-food podcast network. Chef Mark has served on the National Advisory Council of the United States Personal Chef Association, and twice been honored by the USPCA as Marketer of the Year. 


Chef Mark also works with the US State Department traveling to various countries to share about the unique culinary heritage of the United States, and to foster the development of food entrepreneurs. He has done projects in Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, and soon in Norway!


Our personal chef-for-two experience was absolutely delightful. Chef Mark Tafoya was courteous and professional and efficient! He was able to come into our small NYC kitchen and whip me and my date up a fantastic meal. Also, there were plenty of leftovers to have for dinner the following night, so that was an added bonus! Overall, everything was top-notch from the food to the service and especially the clean-up afterwards. We were left with a spotless kitchen and full bellies, what more can you ask for?!

— Fabio A | Aug 14, 2019 

Remarkable Chef Mark delivers big time! Mark really created not only a wonderful meal, but also a meaningful experience. 

— Keith D | Feb 19, 2019 


Chef Mark was fantastic!! He was knowledgeable and personable. The meal was superb. He helped with ideas for the dinner, then shopped, cooked and cleaned up afterward. He worked hard, yet interacted with us while preparing the dinner, and became a part of the family. We all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and look forward to doing it again in the near future. 

— Charles C | Aug 06, 2018 


Chef Mark was wonderful! Everyone at my dinner party loved him, as well as his creations!! Excellent experience. 

— Ellen Z | May 22, 2017 


My cooking experience was excellent. He made and served an amazing meal for us.

— Joan D | Jun 27, 2016

Chef Mark and the experience were everything that I could have asked for and more. Prior to the event, Chef presented me with a huge amount of food options, all of which seemed delicious. The party was a surprise for my mother, and he was super-accommodating with the menu and changing arrival time. Once the evening began, the guests were in for a treat. Each and every course was superbly cooked and presented beautifully. While he was working, Chef Mark went out of his way to explain what he was doing and why he was doing it. He answered all of our questions and maintained a great rapport with the guests. Everyone was raving about the experience, and we can't wait to do it again. Chef Mark is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 

— Brian K | Mar 20, 2016 


Chef Mark was awesome. We had an amazing meal in the comfort of our home with great friends. I highly recommend this experience.

— Frank R | Jan 18, 2016 

Mark Tafoya was not only a great chef, but a great person to be around for the evening. He was very thorough with the review of what we wanted on the menu and provided ample choices for each course. During the time that he was in my home, he made us feel comfortable and answered all of the questions about how he was making each course. I would highly recommend this experience!

— Lisa O | Apr 15, 2014 


Chef Mark was amazing. From the first time we made contact through the night of our dinner, he was always responsive, communicative and friendly. Chef provided many delicious and unique dinner/menu options based upon our input. The menu we chose was absolutely DELICIOUS!! His culinary skills are unsurpassed. The food was fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. Add his positive energy to his culinary skills and it's really the total package. We all adored him. He was the consummate professional and we hope to have an opportunity to engage with him again. Without hesitation, I would recommend Chef Mark. 

— Mindy B | Sep 30, 2013 


Chef Mark Tafoya was an absolute pleasure! Not only was he pleasant and helpful while we were making menu selections but the food exceeded our expectations and was beyond delicious! He is a very talented chef! We had a wonderful evening and would definitely do it again! Thanks 

— Andrea & Matt K | Sep 20, 2013


The overall experience was wonderful. We had a four-course dinner with Chef Mark Tafoya. He was wonderful. A great cook, extremely knowledgeable and so accommodating. The meal was delicious, the presentation outstanding. We had a wonderful evening. I will definitely use the service again!!!! 

— Lucille P | Feb 17, 2013