Bravas Bar de Tapas
James Beard "Outstanding Restaurateur" semifinalist, Mark Stark, is the executive chef and co-owner with his wife, Terri, of five wildly successful restaurants in Sonoma County: Willi's Wine Bar, Mark's Steak & Seafood and Monti's 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, D.C., and Seattle before settling in Sonoma County. Mark believes in starting with great ingredients, treating them with care and adding an unexpected twist in preparation or presentation. From opening Willi's Wine Bar in 2002 to Bravas in 2012, 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, Michelin Bib Gourmand awards for Monti's and Willi's Wine Bar, and Travel + Leisure's "Top 20 U.S. Tapas Restaurants" for Bravas. Mark was born in Orange County, California, and was raised in Solomon's Island, Maryland, along the Chesapeake Bay. He and Terri live in Santa Rosa and launched their sixth restaurant, The Bird & The Bottle, in Santa Rosa this past September.