Ask Chef Marc Murphy where he grew up and he’ll re off a list of cosmopolitan destinations — Milan, Paris, Washington DC, Rome and Genoa. For some, growing up the son of a globetrotting diplomat might have been stressful, yet for Murphy, this dizzying list of hometowns served as an excellent education in French and Italian cuisine, and afforded him the luxury of learning from a young age just how much he loved the world of cooking and of restaurants. Since then, Murphy has logged more than 25 years in the restaurant business, working in some of the world’s most highly esteemed kitchens, including Le Miraville in Paris, Alain Ducasses’ Louis XV in Monte Carlo and Le Cirque in New York. Today, he serves as the Owner & Executive Chef of Landmarc [Time Warner Center], Landmarc Tribeca Events and his catering arm Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy. He is a judge on The Food Network’s top rated hit shows CHOPPED and CHOPPED JUNIOR. He serves as President of the Manhattan chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association, a board member and member of the Food Council for City Harvest and a member of the Leadership Council for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. From 2012 to 2017, Marc was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, where he took part in public diplomacy programs abroad traveling to Italy twice, China and Turkey. Marc is the Author of Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking his debut cookbook which was released April 2015 and continues to be a top seller.