Some people spend their entire lives searching for their calling, while some lucky others, like Chinook Tavern Executive Chef Markus P. Georg, find theirs at a very early age.
“From the age of five, I knew I wanted to be a chef,” said Markus. “I have always loved cooking and I love the energy of a kitchen. The busier the kitchen, the better.”
German born Markus, is a 35-year resident of Colorado who started his career at a very early age. He used to stand on a chair so he could reach the kitchen counter in order to help and learn from his mother and grandmother. During his high school years, his first job was as a busboy at the Northwoods Inn in southwest Denver. He continued working at restaurants and honing his skills at every position in the business.
In 1985, Markus decided to take his career to a new level. Markus left Colorado to work as an apprentice under legendary German chef Joerg Mueller at his namesake restaurant on the island of Sylt, Germany, which at the time was rated among the top 25 restaurants in the world, as well as a 2 Michelin Star rated restaurant and a Grand Cru Wine Award winner. To round out his apprenticeship years, Chef Markus also worked at Restaurant Freihof, in Zwigenberg/Bergstrasse, Germany with Chef Piero Salotti from Sicily.