Chef Marco grew up relishing his mother and grandmother’s Mexican food. After deciding to pursue a career in the food industry, he graduated with honors from The Los Angeles Culinary Institute in 1997. Chef Marco began his professional culinary career as a prep cook and quickly got into the sports and entertainment industry, working in stadiums and arenas all over the country. After finding success and getting a deep understanding of venue food service, Chef Marco decided to leave behind the sports industry and join his father in their family operated restaurant, Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria.
Besides running the restaurant and his catering company, Chef Marco is the Corporate Chef in charge of Sports & Entertainment venues at Melissa’s. His daily duties include acting as a liaison to Executive Chefs in sports and entertainment venues as well as the Melissa’s staff. Chef Marco makes sure that the quality and service that Melissa’s provides them with is nothing less than perfect.
Chef Marco has a deep affinity towards his Hispanic roots. It is clearly represented in Marco’s imaginative dishes, which cross over into many different styles of cooking. When he has the spare time, Chef Marco also enjoys playing golf.