James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalist Mark Stark is the executive chef and co-owner with his wife Terri, of six wildly successful restaurants in Sonoma County: Willi’s Wine Bar, Monti’s, Stark’s Steak & Seafood, and Bird & The Bottle in Santa Rosa, and Willi’s Seafood and Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg. He’s a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and honed his professional cooking skills in Washington DC and Seattle before settling in Sonoma County. From opening Willi’s Wine Bar in 2002 to Bird & The Bottle in 2015, Mark and Terri’s restaurants have consistently earned top accolades and praise including San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Bay Area Restaurant status for Willi’s Wine Bar and Bravas, and Michelin Bib Gourmand awards for Monti’s and Willi’s Wine Bar. Mark has appeared on Food Network’s Guy’s Big Bite, in the PBS series Traveling Feast with Fine Cooking and Public Television’s Check Please! His inventive menus highlight a global melding of flavors with Asian, Mediterranean, French, Spanish and Californian influences.