About Marcus



Self-taught chef, Marcus Bean, whose passion for cooking drove him to win Iron chef UK in 2010 on Channel 4. He’s lived in pubs since the age of 5 in and around Oxfordshire. At the age of 16 Marcus was working as a pig farmer, when his parents decided to up sticks and buy a pub in Shropshire. They asked him to move with them and help renovate and run their new pub.

While helping run the family pub, Marcus studied sound engineering inManchester, as he originally wanted to pursue a career in the music industry but the time came, and in 2005 Marcus and his wife decided it was time to take on their first pub. After two years of employing chef’s and being let down, Marcus decided that it was time he got in the kitchen and started  teaching himself how to cook from scratch and create new and exciting dishes.


Having run the pub successfully for 5 years, Marcus found himself being selected as a contestant for Channel 4’s Iron Chef UK. He breezed through the first two rounds and went on to beat top chef Martin Blunos in the final! Not bad for someone who taught themselves to cook!

Following his success on the show, Marcus is now a regular chef on ITV’s This Morning, cooking for Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield and other presenters on the show. He’s appeared on Good Food’s “Market Kitchen”, Channel 4′s “What’s cooking” & “Drop Down Menu”. Food Network’s Christmas special with Matt Tebutt & Lisa Faulkner.

Online appearances include, Tesco Real food, BBC online “video recipes with Lisa Faulkner”


In 2011 Marcus reached the semi-finals of National chef of the year with the Craft guild of Chefs.

Other clients Marcus has done work for include, Unilever, Waring kitchen products, Knor, Optomen productions, Argos Tv, Pam Lloyd Pr, Sainsburys.

Marcus has also written cookery articles & recipes for Hello Magazine, Foodie magazine London, Delicious magazine, Now magazine, Closer,  Shropshire Magazine & Stir it up magazine.


Live appearances include BBC good food show,Birmingham,Scotland&London. The Ideal Home Show, Shrewsbury Flower show.

Marcus is passionate about food and produce in his local county, he loves his local food festivals like Ludlow and this year helped promote and demo at the first ever Shrewsbury food festival which was a great success.


This year Marcus is an ambassador for British asparagus and will be supporting and promoting the British asparagus season. To see his recipes and tips visit www.british-asparagus.co.uk

He’s a keen runner and likes to keep fit and completed his first ever marathon in London in 4 hours 52 minutes. Raising money for Motor Neurones disease association, he raised over ÂŁ1600.


Marcus and  his  wife Jenny successfully ran The New Inn, Baschurch Shropshire for 8 years, where Marcus honed his skills in the kitchen. Marcus & Jenny have two young daughters. In December 2012 they purchased Brompton cookery school & Brompton farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, part of the Attingham park estate on National trust land. Marcus teaches a wide range of courses at the school on a daily basis. He’s also growing lots of seasonal produce in the kitchen garden for use on the courses. In May 2013 Marcus & Jenny decided to sell the pub so they could concentrate their time on the cookery school and bed and breakfast business at Brompton. Marcus’s parents are the new owners of the New Inn and will continue its great success. Marcus has also recently started up a catering at home business, where Marcus will come and cook for you and your friends at your home address, using his seasonal home grown produce.  If  interested drop Marcus an email on marcus@bromptoncookeryschool.co.uk for more info.

Marcus has also recently been selected to be a chef on the “Ready Steady Cook” Live tour, so you might see him cooking in a theatre near you very soon.

Marcus has recently got his first book deal with Duncan Baird publishers, and his first book is being released summer next year.


Websites: www.marcusbean.co.uk



Twitter: @Marcusbeanchef




Working With Marcus




Marcus is available for various work, including demonstrations, tv, writing and many other types of event.


Contact  his agent here.


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