MCALLEN — Chef Marcel Fortuin, better known as Chef Marcel was born in Rotterdamn in the Netherlands, A small European country. He was only 6-years-old when he realized his calling.
"I went on a small cruise on the river in Germany with my family and I saw all these beautiful buffets there and the chefs with the high hats and everyone was having a good time and I said that is the kind of work I want to do," said Chef Marcel.
When he was 13, he started cooking in a French bistro and has been cooking ever since. Less than a month ago, he turned his restaurant of 9 years (Bistro M on 10th street) into the McAllen Culinary Academy.
Chef Marcel provides hands-on training for every class throughout the 5-week course.
"So when you're done after the the 5-weeks you have a 5-course menu under your belt with different salads, different soups, different fish. It's like they have a walk-in closet with a bunch of blouses, bunch of skirts and they can make all these combinations. That's what you can do with the food that you learn with us," said Chef Marcel.
Chef Marcel invites everyone to join him in the kitchen to learn as his students do.
"We sit down and we eat and have a glass of wine, discuss what we did in class. So those are really fun. So, for me it's working, but it's so much fun and very gratifying," said Chef Marcel.
Evening classes are held during the week, and there's even a class offered on Saturday morning. For more information visit: http://www.mcallenculinaryacademy.com/