Executive Pastry Chef Mark Welker has been with Eleven Madison Park since 2009, when he first began working in the restaurant as a line cook. Mark's proficiency in pastry and bread baking led to his being named pastry sous chef of EMP and he was integral in pushing the restaurant's bread and pastry programs to new heights. In 2012 he became the pastry chef of The NoMad, crafting a bakery and pastry program, and service of the restaurant and hotel from viennoiseries to dessert service. In 2015 he was named executive pastry chef of both EMP and The NoMad. Prior to joining the company Mark attended culinary school in Louisville, Kentucky, and then spent time at Larry Forgione's An American Place Restaurant before moving to New York. During his first years in New York he attended and graduated from the French Culinary Institute's International Bread Baking Program.