Mark Jacobson: Tour Guide and Chef
Mark was surrounded by home-cooked food and fresh vegetables from
the garden growing up on his family farm in rural North Dakota.
Here he developed his deep appreciation for food and learned all
about cooking from his mother who owned and managed several
successful local restaurants. “I was always in the kitchen
with my Mom, and also worked side by side with her at various
restaurants, so I was learning how to cook at a very young age,
without even realizing that I was learning.”
Mark rediscovered his passion for food while
watching the Food Network, and in 2006 made the decision to enroll
in culinary school after working over 25 years in the travel
industry. “I wanted to somehow incorporate my love for food
into my everyday work life.” Two years later he had his
Mark has had the good fortune to take many trips abroad during his
years in the travel industry where he had the opportunity to
experience, first-hand, many different cultures and cuisines.
“People always ask me if I have a favorite dish that I like to cook,
but that is such a tough question, because I have so many
No matter what, Mark says that finding great tasting, healthier
versions of his favorite recipes is a natural default for him
because he has spent much of his life following the Weight Watchers
program. “My cooking is not only influenced by my many travel
experiences but also my weight-loss journey, so I always place a
special emphasis not only on great tasting food, but also on health
Mark continues to work in the travel industry as a tour guide and
recently launched Mark's Delicious Adventures which
offers culinary tours, team building, small event catering and
personal chef services including special programs for pets.
“Many of you have traveled with me over the years and are well aware
of my love for travel, so I am very excited to have the opportunity
to also demonstrate my love for food!”
Happy travels and bon appetit!