As a child, he watched while his Romanian mother and Italian/Spanish father made music in the kitchen. Some of the family favorites they cooked were Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken Pizzaiola, Beef Stew and Chicken Croquettes.
At age 5, Marcel picked up a spatula and joined the fun in the kitchen. He was hooked. He knew this was what he wanted to do.
He prepared and created recipes with his parents and attended culinary classes. Marcel is a graduate of the New York Restaurant School and has a Certificate in Culinary Arts. Following school, Marcel worked as a private chef for some of Manhattan’s most prominent families.
He believes that people eat first with their eyes. As a result all of his recipes, which utilize only the finest and freshest ingredients, have to delight both the eyes and the palate. While International cuisine and regional American comfort food are his specialties, desserts are his passion and LOVE is baked into every bite.
After moving to California in 2000, Marcel began catering private events for celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Larry King, Lisa Marie Presley and Ryan Seacrest, to list just a few. He has appeared on TV shows such as, “The Thanksgiving Day Parade” on CBS for the past 6 years, “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills” on The Food Network, “High Maintenance 90210” on The E Channel, and “You’re Invited” on The Style Network. In 2012 he was featured in the Taco Bell Cantina Bowl campaign commercial with celebrity chef Lorena Garcia. In 2013 he was featured as one of the chefs on Guy’s Grocery Games on The Food Network. He also completed a cooking segment for “Project H.O.P.E,” with Richard Simmons and most recently he appeared on the Food Network on, “Kitchen Inferno,” with Curtis Stone. He also was just on, “The Home And Family Show,” on the Hallmark channel. He is in constant demand as a caterer for films, TV shows and production companies and always brings his warm and engaging style to every job.
Marcel is currently in development for his own cooking show featuring him and his wife, Jeannie. They both just appeared on, “The Thanksgiving Day Parade,” on CBS together doing there Pillsbury Segments. They also have a Youtube Cooking Show called, “Love At First Bite,” to share their love for food and to help others create more love in the kitchen. He is also developing a line of of products under the brand, “Love At First Bite,” and is in conversation with several home shopping networks about launching his own line of desserts.