Founder of Friends & Food International, Inc. (FFI), is a chef, a culinary garden designer and food consultant to restaurants and food service providers and. FFI also specializes in cultural and culinary travel programs in southern Europe and USA with a strong emphasizes sustainable practices, food diversity and understanding culinary & cultural traditions. Mark got involved with Slow Food at the University of Siena, and has worked on Edible School Yard programs with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and in New Orleans. Currently, developing a historic culinary program and gardens at the New Orleans African American Museum in Treme
Mr. Haskell is a native of the South Carolina low country, has an affection for southern cooking and gardening, and has worked in restaurants in Europe, Asia, & South America, as well as North America. After a career working in international development and demographics, returned to cooking, gardening & travel, and was made a Chevalier to the Confrerie de Vin de Saint Vincent, Cotes du Rhone, France for his work promoting organic and biodynamic food.