Mark Best started his working life as an electrician in the gold mines of Western Australia before starting his culinary career at the age of 25. He commenced an apprenticeship at the Macleay Street Bistro, Potts Point, in 1990. This was the beginning of his passion for French food. In the fourth year of his apprenticeship he was awarded the Josephine Pignolet Award for ‘Best Up and Coming Chef’ in NSW. In 1995 he opened his own restaurant, Peninsula Bistro, Balmain, which soon developed a strong local following and rave critical acclaim.
During this time he decided to further his study of French Cuisine in France and worked at ‘L’Arpége’ in Paris and Alain Passard’s three Michelin Star ‘Gastro Temple’. He followed this with a stint at Raymond Blanc’s, ‘Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons’ in Great Milton, UK. His time overseas fuelled his desire to open his next restaurant, Marque, which since its opening in 1999 has consistently been rated as one of Australia’s best restaurants.
In 2012, Mark opened Pei Modern in Melbourne, a concept based around the modern bistro which takes inspiration from local and seasonal produce. His third restaurant, Pei Modern at Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, opened in October 2014.