Celebrity Chef Marvin Woods
Chef Marvin Woods is an Emmy® Award-nominated television host, lauded cookbook author and celebrity chef. Chef Marvin is a 23-year veteran in the hospitality and restaurant industry. His first big break came when he helped Donald Trump open Harrah’s at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.
When Marvin took over as Executive Chef at New York’s Café Beulah’s, he won wide industry acclaim and caught the attention of publishers and television executives. Along with the restaurant accolades, came a book deal with William Morrow. His first effort, “The New Low Country,” garnered national media attention, including appearances on CBS This Morning, Discovery Network and Lifetime.
With all the industry buzz, Chef Marvin was tapped to lead the kitchens of Savannah Restaurant, The National Hotel, Hollywood Prime at the Westin Diplomat and M. Woods – all in Miami. His healthy, quick food was regularly featured in O Magazine, Food & Wine, Southern Living and many more national publications. Oprah declared, “Chef Marvin Woods’ dishes are light, sophisticated, exotic!”
In 2000, Marvin caught the attention of executives at Turner South who were looking for new talent for the newly created regional cable network. Marvin was selected to host, Home Plate. The chef show was the perfect vehicle to showcase his charismatic personality, put a lighter twist on traditional Southern cooking, and to introduce the low country recipe on a national stage. It was a big hit, regularly attracting more than 7.2 million viewers. Home Plate successfully ran for four seasons until the network was acquired by Fox Sports in 2006. The chef show spawned a second cookbook, Home Plate Cooking (Rutledge Hill Press 2004), which was a big success.
Marvin is Co-Founder of Live Healthy & Thrive Expo and Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc. Marvin travels internationally for appearances, cooking demonstrations, and consistently draws huge audiences. He has made several appearances as a guest chef at the James Beard House, served as a featured celebrity chef at The Pillsbury Bake Off, the Miami Wine & Food Festival and Charlotte Shout, as well as a judge for The Southern Living Cook Off.
Marvin has participated in special promotional campaigns for Char-Broil, Food Lion Supermarkets, Mission Foods, SCANA and Publix, among others. Currently, Marvin has two new television show projects in development. He has developed a national Healthy for Kids program called Droppin’ Knowledge with Chef Marvin Woods that focuses on a positive way to combat childhood obesity and other children’s health issues, promoting lifestyles that are healthy for kids.
Tune in to hear Marvin Woods live on Spark Plug Radio at 11:oo am EST on April 20th.