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Mark Baumann

Trained at the Royal Champagne (France) owned by Moet & Chandon, Mark has also worked in some of Britain's top hotels including the luxurious Chewton Glen, set between the ancient New Forest and the sea in Hampshire; Gravetye Manor in West Sussex; the Relais et Chateau hotel in West Sussex and the prestigious Hintlesham Hall in Suffolk.

In 2003 Mark was elected as a Master Chef of Great Britain - one of the UK's most prestigious culinary accolades.

Mark has received global acclaim with an inclusion in The International Who's Who of Chefs. Mark, who is among just under 3,000 chefs from 70 countries to make the list, shares the limelight with notables including Michel Roux of Le Gavroche in London; Alan Bird head chef at The Ivy Restaurant in London; Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Great Milton, Oxford; and Jamie Oliver of Fifteen in London.

Mark owns and runs a bright 16th century brasserie in the historic and picturesque market town of Coggeshall, Essex.

Featured in every major food guide in Great Britain, "Baumanns Brasserie" is famous for its innovative cuisine and A La Carte menu.

Mark has also notched up a number of television appearances, both with his own ITV Anglia series Baumann Goes to Market, as the celebrity guest on Where in the World and as a guest presenter of UKTV Food's flagship programme Great Food Live. He has featured in numerous regional news programmes and is a regular guest on BBC Essex radio (Steve Scruton Show).