Chef Marvin Woods
Emmy® Award-nominated Television Host, TV Chef and Author
Chef Marvin Woods is an Emmy® Award-nominated television host, celebrity chef and author of cookbooks, Home Plate Cooking and The New Low Country. He is recognized by fans and peers alike for his infectious personality, signature bandana and wildly inventive take on food rooted in northern Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States Low Country. His healthy approach to simple, affordable cooking has been regularly featured in national publications, including O Magazine, Food & Wine, Southern Living and many more.
Chef Marvin was recently chosen as the first chef to kick off Michelle Obama's Let's Move! cooking series to help busy families create nutritious and affordable meals. For more than seven years, Chef Marvin has been traveling the country educating and motivating kids and parents through his program, Droppin' Knowledge with Chef Marvin Woods. This national program focuses on positive ways to reduce childhood obesity and other children's health issues.
Traveling internationally for appearances and cooking demonstrations, Chef Marvin consistently draws large audiences. He has served as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City, been featured as a celebrity chef at The Pillsbury Bake Off, the Miami Wine & Food Festival, Charlotte Shout, and selected as a judge for the nationwide Southern Living Cook Off.
A 25-year veteran in the hospitality and restaurant industry, Chef Marvin began his career at Harrah's Trump at Trump Plaza, Rockefeller Center, Seagrill, Windows on the World, Arizona 206, Café Beulah and Café Orbit. He also has led the kitchens of the Milestone Hotel in London, the Savannah Restaurant, The National Hotel in Miami, Hollywood Prime at the Westin Diplomat and M. Woods in Miami.
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. Publisher's Weekly proclaimed, "Woods' inventiveness makes him a chef to watch!"
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 perfect vehicle to showcase his charismatic personality and lighter twist on traditional Southern cooking. Home Plate aired for four seasons and attracted more than 7.2 million viewers until the network was acquired by Fox Sports in 2006. The show inspired Chef Marvin's second successful cookbook, Home Plate Cooking (Rutledge Hill Press 2004). The book continues to sell on Amazon.com.
Chef Marvin is currently working on a line of spice blends and sauces, travels the country on behalf of the American Heart Association and other health-oriented organizations, and is actively involved in the Atlanta community where he resides with his wife and two children. For more information, please visit www.chefmarvinwoods.com and www.letsmove.gov.