Mark Best’s Bio
Mark Best started by discovering the stoves accidentally and ended up becoming an unquestionable symbol of the new Australian Cuisine. His perseverance and his ‘eternal dissatisfaction’ (as he calls it himself) are the vitamins for his spectacular personal development.
Mark Best started his working life as an electrician in the gold mines of Western Australia before starting his culinary career at the age of 25. He commenced an apprenticeship at the Macleay Street Bistro, Potts Point, in 1990. This was the beginning of his passion for French food. In the fourth year of his apprenticeship he was awarded the Josephine Pignolet Award for ‘Best Up and Coming Chef’ in NSW.
In 1995 with wife Valerie Best, he opened his own restaurant, Peninsula Bistro, Balmain, which soon developed a strong local following and rave critical acclaim. During this time he decided to further his study of French Cuisine in France. In 1998 he worked at ‘L’Arpége’ in Paris, Alain Passard’s three Michelin Star ‘Gastro Temple’. He followed this with a stint at Raymond Blanc’s, ‘Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons’ in Great Milton, UK. His time overseas fuelled his desire to open Marque.
2012 Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the year
2011 Restaurant of the year Sydney Morning Herald ‘Good food guide’
2010 18/20 Three Hats Sydney Morning Herald ‘Good food guide’
2010 ‘Chef of the Year’ Mark Best Sydney Morning Herald ‘Good food guide’
2010 Finalist for ‘Restaurant of the Year’ ‘Australian Gourmet Traveller’ Rated 2/100
2010 ‘Restaurant of the Year’ Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia
2010 San Pellegrino & Restaurant Magazine UK Top 50 “Break through award”
AEG was founded in Germany over a century ago on a simple philosophy: everything it designs should be perfect in both form and function. Nothing should get in the way of achieving beautiful results. That’s why at AEG we’re dedicated to creating appliances that help you pursue your passion – your own personal definition of perfection. It’s this thinking that lies at the heart of everything we do… it shapes our design, our advancements in technology, our Neue Kollektion. It’s time to take a look at products that will enhance your experience, every time you use them. http://www.aegaustralia.com.au/
There is no longer the distinction there once was between kitchen and living room in our homes; there is simply living space. Which is why our Neue Kollektion has a strong sense of design – to integrate seamlessly with modern living. In the words of Hans Strohmeier, our Design Director, “We’ve developed a strong design signature, with horizontal and vertical lines connecting and aligning across the range, whichever pieces you choose. We have also worked hard to create a very purist interface, one that feels beautifully simple to use.” Our design continues our great tradition of ‘form und funktion’, working together perfectly.
Style is never an accident. For over a hundred years we have been using cutting edge designers to help create and develop our products, recognising that good design doesn’t just make things easy on the eye, but easier for you to use too. Following a seamless line to the present day, our Neue Kollektion combines high performance with excellent German design: form und funktion.
Perfekt in form. Our design continues the great tradition of form und funktion, working perfectly together. In the Neue Kollektion, horizontal lines give a sense of flow and integrity across all appliances, while vertical lines delineate the intuitive control panels. High-value materials are used, but the number of different materials is kept to a minimum, for purity and consistency.
AEG Garantie. Perfektion is nothing without endurance. Every AEG product in the Neue Kollektion is equipped with our assurance that it will perform beyond expectations. It’s called AEG – Garantie. You will receive a 5 year unlimited warranty with every product. No exceptions. No small print. Of course, it’s nothing less than you’d expect of high performing German standards. AEG. Perfekt in Form und Funktion. We Garantie it.
AEG First Klasse Care. Perfektion is an AEG hallmark, backed by our complete commitment to customer care. We employ a dedicated Service Team ready to ensure your experience with AEG is nothing short of exceptional – every single day.
It may seem incredible today, but there was a time when artistic merit and aesthetic sense were largely considered irrelevant in industrial production. There was little harmony between form and function when it came to mass-produced goods. At least, that’s how it was until 1907, when AEG appointed a visionary architect from Germany as Artistic Consultant. Professor Peter Behrens was a Renaissance man in the true sense of the word. He moved with ease between several disciplines; painting, graphic design, architecture, and furniture design. When he came to AEG, he brought a simple but powerful design philosophy that became the enduring hallmark of our company and its products.
Each of our new product design generations are carried out against the background and experience of a long history.
In 1907, Peter Behrens published “Art in Technology”, which is the basis for “perfekt in form und function”. He was called to AEG to become the world’s first industrial designer, and famous fashioners such as Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier were all employed in his office.
Behrens worked with, and was an inspiration to some of the biggest names in Modernism, including Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius. In the years after 1914, the designers Wilhelm Kreis and Hans Krebs were also in house consultants at AEG, under Behrens.
In 1953, Peter Sieber established the first AEG internal design office in Frankfurt. His successors were Eberhard Fuchs and Hans Werner Friedlaender, who successfully continued maintaining the AEG design quality.
Today, we’re surrounded by strong, easily recognisable brands. That wasn’t always the case.
It was Behrens’ creativity that first established the “corporate identity” concept. Product design was just the beginning. Behrens would embed himself and his design approach in our entire corporate culture. Working for AEG, he was the first person to create logos, advertising material, and company publications with a consistent, unified design. He designed factories that were tailored to the individual requirements of AEG and its workers; he created not only the company logo but also the whole corporate identity, including numerous advertising campaigns. Thus corporate design went on to become a basic element of the philosophy of an industrial company and its brands.
The paradigm shift that Behrens affected in AEG and with the conception of German industrial design as a whole was based on the notion of developing household appliances with an eye both on the aesthetics and the specific function of the object. He changed the form of functional objects in a way that is still visible today – in the innovative concepts developed by top designers at AEG.
We design products for the 21st century, inspired by an outstanding figure in the history of Germany and of AEG: Peter Behrens, the founder of industrial design and the spiritual father of today’s AEG design team.
Mark Best's Recipes
Mark Best cooks traditional household roast chicken with aromatic vegetables