Urbanfoodguy aka Mark Owen – Self-taught cook with an environmental/political bent. 28 years of cooking experience. I live in Manhattan on the Lower East Side in an apartment with an amazing kitchen thanks to my husband of 27 + years, Neil. In the last 4 years I have focused more and more on food. It started at the same time as I was about to open up my import/retail business LaoLao Handmade. Over these years I have been a private chef, catering and 4 years of Food Styling. I’ve worked for most of the major food magazines such as: Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food and many more. Check out this site for some photos of my work. I’ve also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network with Bobby Flay and Paula Deen.

12 Responses to About

  1. Frank Canino says:

    caro marco

    truly an awesome website………wonderful to see you in such a creative state…… but poor baby: stranded in Toronto for how long????

  2. Hannah says:

    HI Mark, I find you blog great! Love seeing the creative things you put up. Where is the recipe for Goan Lamb? I have to confess that since being in Goa, I have never been so satisfied with an Indian dish!

  3. Jack says:

    Heads up — your bio misspells Paula Deen’s last name.

  4. Paulina says:

    Hi Mark! I really enjoy reading your blog and was hoping to connect via email. Would you mind sending me a message at the email address I provided? Thank you!

  5. Andre Tirenin says:

    Hi Mark! Looking forward to following you on FB. My husband and I are friends and neighbors of Pam G. and George N. They both speak very highly of you and Neil. I understand from Pam that they were at your place for a wonderful dinner this past weekend. Perhaps we’ll meet some day. It would be our pleasure.

  6. Awesome, but I wouldn’t brag too much about working with Paula Deen. Woman should be beat to unconsciousness with a ten pound strip of back bacon by four hot black guys.

    Crap, I just know that’s going to be a reality show on Fox now.

  7. Hi, I found your site when I was searching for material on the Park Slope Coop. A journal I co-founded called boundaries + crossings is doing a two year project called A Tale of Greening Cities: Beijing and New York. The project looks at the challenges and opportunities for creating greener cities. The first of six issues looks at food, hence the interest in the Coop, but I moved from Park Slope to Beijing five years ago; we’re looking for contributors on the ground. Please let me know if you might be interested in contributing.

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