Marilyn Markel, currently the cooking school manager at Southern Season’s flagship store in Chapel Hill, N.C., developed a lifelong passion for food while learning from her grandmother in the kitchen as a child.
Her grandmother’s love of cooking inspired Markel; she began her career as an instructor at the Central Market cooking school in Plano, Texas. In 2003 Markel moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., to develop CLASS (Culinary Lessons at Southern Season), Southern Season’s brand new cooking school. The cooking school has helped turn Southern Season into a foodie destination and has grown into a nationally recognized culinary center hosting over 300 classes a year for seasoned and novice cooks.
Although she teachers many classes herself, she has also worked side-by-side with some of the most renowned local and national chefs such as Martin Yan, Caprial and John Pence, Masaharu Morimoto, Daisy Martinez and Shirley Corriher. Her attention to detail and talented staff have earned her recognition in the culinary industry for offering each chef and guest an exceptional, personalized experience.
In 2013, Markel was privileged to act as a judge for the James Beard Cookbook Awards and attended the James Beard Book and Broadcast Awards Ceremony in New York City.