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Chef Marcel Birô

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Marcel Birô was born in the former East Germany in 1973. He began cooking with his chef/restaurateur father at the age of six and entered culinary school at the age of 15. By 21, Marcel was a European certified chef instructor, teaching aspiring chefs by day and cooking in Michelin-starred restaurants by night. At 24, he became one of the youngest chefs in European history to attain the title Master Chef de Cuisine.

Acclaimed for winning several coveted European awards and for his dedication to demystifying classic cuisine, Marcel worked in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Italy, and Lichtenstein before coming to the US in 1999. He has cooked at several internationally acclaimed restaurants including Emile Jung's three-star Michelin Au Crocodile, toured Europe with Olympia Master Chef François Geiger, and was personal chef to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Culinary Arts

Says Marcel, "My East German roots left an indelible mark on my career. It was in the challenges of creating unique dishes with limited products and equipment that my creativity was born. It was in working with only the produce we could grow ourselves that I developed an appreciation for seasonal cooking. And it was in experiencing food as a precious commodity that I learned to respect and conserve it, and why today, 15 years after reunification, I still love experimenting with a wealth of exotic ingredients. For me, the ability to work with food is a privilege never to be taken for granted."

One of the youngest chefs in European history to achieve the title Master, Marcel Birô is acclaimed for winning several coveted European awards, for his accomplishments in Michelin-starred restaurants, and for his dedication to demystifying classic cuisine. As a European Certified Chef Instructor, Birô has fed those with a hunger for professional culinary knowledge throughout France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Hungary, Italy, and the United States.

He has worked at internationally acclaimed restaurants including Emile Jung's three-star Michelin Au Crocodile, toured France with Olympia Master Chef François Geiger, and was personal chef to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Birô Restaurant and Wine Bar is his flagship restaurant in the US, and the Marcel Birô Culinary School is his first cooking school worldwide.

Combining the unrehearsed spontaneity of a reality series with the comprehensive culinary instruction of a traditional cooking show, The Kitchens of Birô is a 26-episode series that provides a candid, behind-the-scenes view into the restaurant, culinary school, and home kitchens of Marcel Birô and Shannon Kring Birô. A young couple dedicated to culinary excellence, the Birôs and their staff allow viewers to share in their professional struggles, successes, and secrets, exposing the sacrifices and triumphs inherent in the culinary field.

Each episode begins at the Marcel Birô Culinary School, where Marcel prepares two amuse-bouches, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, or desserts. Viewers are then taken to Birô Restaurant and Wine Bar, where the rawness of Marcel's world - the restaurant's back-of-house - is captured in color and black-and-white cinèma vérité with a bed of techno music. In contrast, the refined elegance of Shannon's world - the front-of-house - is portrayed in crisp, steady beauty shots with an ethereal backdrop of classical music.

Each episode contains two quick tips that provide simple technique, cookware, or ingredient guidelines that yield extraordinary results, as well as suggested wine pairings for the episode.

With food its star, The Kitchens of Birô concludes with actual restaurant guests critiquing menu items prepared at the top of the show. It airs nationally on PBS.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan - two hours north of Chicago - the Birôs opened Birô Restaurant and Wine Bar almost two years ago and have been met with great success. Additionally, the Birôs just opened their second restaurant, and a restaurant with Spanish-Asian influence, and are poised to expand into metro markets in mid-2005.

The show has already debuted in such markets as New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Wyoming, Ohio, Oregon, Washington D.C. and Miami, among others and will begin in New York City, San Francisco and other major markets in November.

As one of the youngest chefs in European history to achieve the title of Master Chef at the age of 24, Marcel is acclaimed for winning several coveted European awards, for his accomplishments in Michelin-starred restaurants and now, at age 31, his own reality cooking show.

Additionally, their first book title, Birô: European-Inspired Cuisine, is a companion to the television series and their culinary businesses and will be released in March 2005. Chef Birô can offer valuable insight and expertise on a variety of cooking and food topics including current trends and recipes.