Ask Chef Marc Murphy where he grew up and he'll fire off a list of cosmopolitan destinations - Milan, Paris, Villefranche, Washington DC, Rome and Genoa.
For some, growing up the son of a globetrotting diplomat might have been stressful, yet for Murphy, this dizzying list of hometowns served as an excellent education in French and Italian cuisine, and afforded him the luxury of learning from a young age just how much he loved the world of cooking and of restaurants.
Since then, Murphy has logged more than 20 years in the restaurant business, working in some of the world's most highly esteemed kitchens, including Le Miraville in Paris, Alain Ducasses' Louis XV in Monte Carlo and Le Cirque in New York. He was also the Executive Chef at Cellar in the Sky at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center, La Fourchette and Chinoiserie.
In March 2004, Murphy opened his first shop with Landmarc [Tribeca] and today serves as Executive Chef and Owner of all of the restaurants in the Benchmarc Restaurants group, which includes Landmarc, Ditch Plains West Village, Ditch Plains Upper West Side, and Kingside; as well as the catering arm of the group, Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy, where his signature style of accessible contemporary cuisine transcends the boundaries of what is offered in his restaurant locations.
Today, Murphy's involvement in the industry moves beyond the restaurants as well, with a regular role as a judge on The Food Network's highest rated hit, CHOPPED as well as appearances on Iron Chef America, Hot Chefs, The Martha Stewart Show, Make My Day, Unique Eats, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, The Rachel Ray Show and The Today Show among others.
He is the President of the Manhattan chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association, a board member of City Harvest, Culintro, Passport NYC at the 92nd Street Y Culinary Camp and is both the official spokesperson and a member of the Task Force for Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.