Celebrity Chef Mark Ellman began his culinary career at age 13 in Los Angeles, California. His entrepreneurial spirit was born some years after when he and his wife Judy launched Cant Rock ‘n’ Roll, But Sure Can Cook, a catering company for rock stars and recording studios in Malibu, California. He didn’t stop there, over the years, Chef Ellman and his partners opened several restaurants on the West Coast before he and his wife Judy decided it was time for a change and relocated to Hawaii. There Mark opened the acclaimed Avalon restaurant in 1988 across the street from the beach in Lahaina, Maui. With Avalon’s reputation for unique Pacific Rim cuisine, Chef Ellman became known as one of the original 12 Hawaii Regional Chefs. Chef Ellman realized that paradise lacked great Mexican food and as a result opened the first Maui Tacos in 1993 in Napili, Maui. Chef Ellman opened several more locations throughout the islands before launching the brand on the mainland.
Chef Ellman’s resume is filled with well-earned awards and experiences. He has been featured on television programs such as “Emril” and “The TODAY Show” and in several magazines including Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, House and Garden, Bon Appetit and L.A. Style. Chef Mark and Judy Ellman own and operate 8 Maui Tacos on the islands, as well as MALA Ocean Tavern and Penne Pasta Cafe.