Design Hunter Q+A with Mark Best

Mark Best, of Marque restaurant in Sydney and featured in Habitus 22 (on sale 19 December), consistently takes out top honours in the Australian food business with his cuisine. Here he shares his passion for vegemite, concrete and all things innovative.

06 Dec 2013

Your name: Mark Best

What you do: Chef, Owner, Restaurateur Marque Restaurant (Crown St Sydney) & Pei Modern, Collins St Melbourne

Your latest project: expansion of the Pei Modern Brand

Who are three people that inspire/excite you: 1) Alain Passard 2) Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 3) Kate Moss

What is your favourite…

Car/bike/plane/boat model: C63 AMG Estate

Chair model: Eames Classic Lounge & Ottoman

Residential space: Casa Malaparte, Capri

Commercial space: The Seagram Building

Decorative product: Concrete

Functional product: Concrete

Handmade good: the bread at Marque

Mass-­produced good: Vegemite

Meal: Blue Hills at Stone Barns NY, USA

Restaurant: Arpége, Paris

Drink: Hendricks & Tonic, cucumber

Bar: Hotel Costes

Item in your studio: Mamiya RZ67

Piece of technology: Fujifilm 100S

Fictional character: Patrick Bateman

Vice: Control Freak

Virtue: Control Freak

What does the term ‘Design Hunter’ mean to you? Some dude (ette) in horn rimmed glasses & camper slip ons