Marcel was born in 1966 and raised in the Netherlands, number 8 out of 9 children. He grew up living above the family bakery, which has been in the family for 6 generations. Marcel knew from a very early age that he wanted to become a chef and was hugely influenced by his mother. She is a remarkable cook.
Marcel went to a trade school from the age of 12 where, amongst other things, he studied food and wine science. He then went on to become an apprentice chef finishing his study with the Michelin rated De Bokkedoorns restaurant.
Marcel travelled to New Zealand in 1986, aged just 20 years where his first position was at Plimmer House, Wellington. Later he moved to Christchurch to Grimsby’s, a fine dining restaurant which went on to win best South Island restaurant. He then went on to join the Christchurch Park Royal team as a Sous Chef. It was also here that he met Helen, his wife who is also a member of the OB catering family.
In 1992 they moved to Blenheim where he and Helen ran a variety of restaurants spanning almost 20 years.
Helen and Marcel decided to move to the Marlborough Sounds and have been fortunate to continue exploring their passion for food at Outward Bound. Marcel loves welcoming people in to his kitchen and hearing their stories.
Feeding all these beautiful people is a privilege that I will never tire of.
When not creating delicious dishes for our students, you'll find Marcel either singing in his garden or with a hammer or a paint brush in hand! "My favourite thing at the moment is my herb garden – it’s loving all the sun. My next project is a hangi pit!"