The life of a “celebrity chef” has drastically changed in the last 10 years. With the emergence of the “foodie” culture brought on by television shows and even whole networks dedicated to the culinary arts and everything surrounding them, the life of a chef has become a lot more glamorous than it used to be. We bring this up to direct your attention to the date of this article, it was written and printed in 2006, yet the photo of Mark McEwan was from 1998. In those days chefs didn’t have or need updated head shots and lenthgy bios. There were a select few in the city that were lauded for their skills, precision and dedication to their craft. They were in the kitchens instead of the office or in studios. For this “Moments with Mark” we decided to ask him about life in 1998, which was a busy year in the headlines.
In 1998, the news of the scandal between then President, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky became a media sensation. When you first heard about it, did you believe him or her?
At first I couldn’t believe any of it! But then as more details came to the surface, I absolutely knew that he was guilty of the indiscretions…poor Hilary.
Titanic became the highest grossing film of all time! Did you take your wife Roxanne to the theatre to see it or did you wait for the release of the video and watch it at home?
Of course we went to the theatre! I don’t think I would have heard the end of it if we hadn’t…I may have even shed a tear.
The last episode of Seinfeld aired in 1998, were you an avid fan of the show? Is there a Seinfeld-ism that you related to the most?
I actually wasn’t a huge fan of Jerry himself, but I thought the cast of characters surrounding him were great. If there is one thing that I will take away from the show it was my dance skills, I learned them from Elaine!
Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” was the album of the year. With many stars setting up camp in Vegas, if you had to attend which show, what would you choose? Celine? Donny and Marie? Brittney? Garth?
Believe it or not I have been to see Celine Dion in Vegas— it was quite the show, she is a Canadian icon, at one point she has been everyone’s guilty pleasure.
In 1998 the world lost many legends, one of the most notable was the death of Frank Sinatra at age 82. Were you a big fan of that type of music?
My father was actually a Sinatra-esque lounge singer when I was growing up in Buffalo. I even have a picture of the two of them together! Growing up in my household, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand were always playing in the background.