Happy 40th Birthday Chef Mark!

by Jennifer Iannolo

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Today, we celebrate the milestone birthday of a vibrant soul who has touched the lives of thousands of people around the world.

When Chef Mark Tafoya walked into my life 6 years ago, I had no idea that he would leave it forever changed. His passion, creative brilliance and commitment to excellence transformed the way I see my life, my work — and the world at large.

Those who have had the pleasure to meet him know that his ebullient spirit is unforgettable, and from Indonesia to right here in NYC, he has brought his energy and passion to the lives of others, inspiring them to go beyond what is comfortable to discover their own greatness.

I am proud to call him my brother, best friend and kindred spirit, and can think of no other person I would rather have next to me in the trenches. Please join me in honoring him on this special day, and leave him a note on this global birthday card.

Happy 40th birthday, Chef Mark! You look hella good for your age! 🙂

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda Olsen February 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Happy happy birthday Mark! Hope you have a fantastic day and get some delicious birthday cake!

Teresa February 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Happy birthday, Mark! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to GF. It is inspiring! Enjoy your day!

Armando P. Castillo February 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Happy Birthday Mark!

George Rylander February 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Have the best of birthdays today Mark!! You deserve all
that life has to offer! With Love, George

Maria Apodaca "da mama" February 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm

To my wonderful Mark, I left my Mark on Broadway.!!! I love
you so much and you have been a great joy to me. Because of you I
came out of my shell and started to talk to strangers in the
street. You have such a joy for life and you have bee a great
inspiration to me, I want to be like you when I grow up. Thank you
for being my son. your name is Mark -M-A-R-K- Mark Love Mom, I been
thinking about alllllllllllllll day each time I write down the date
on my work sheets. Love

Jennifer Iannolo February 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

You are so adorable, Mom #2! Thank you for giving Mark to me. 🙂


Roberta February 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm

A big (nah) HUGE Happy Birthday, Mark!!!

May all your wishes and dreams come true.

Rock on!

Angie February 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Dear Mark, you are the sun that makes the flowers grow, the silver lining of any cloud, the source of life. Wishing you the very, very best birthday. Have a wonderful day. Love, Angie

Adelina February 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Mark, you truly are reMarkable! Happy Birthday!!

Monica February 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Wishing you the happiest of happy birthdays Mark! Like Jennifer, when you walked into my life 5 (almost 6 now) years ago, I could never have expected how much of an impact you would have on me. You have been such an inspiration, a joy to work with, a comfy shoulder to lean on, full of laughter and stories, and just a wonderful person, mentor and friend. Thank you for all you are and have a fantastical birthday!!

Tiffany February 4, 2011 at 7:20 am

Dear Mark,

I wish you a super-awesome-amazing birthday!
I am so happy I get to dish up tasty tales with you and the terrific gang at The Giled Fork.
Don’t forget to Eat.More.Cake. 🙂
All the best Chef!!

Jonathan Baron February 4, 2011 at 7:53 am

Happy Birthday! Forty is a piece of cake! This is when you really “get” in life that you have arrived. Like a when a cake rises and ready to be eaten! Go for it! Your friend always, love, Jonathan

Jaclyn Weinholtz February 4, 2011 at 9:17 am

Happy Birthday Mark!

I hope you have a wonderful birthday & many happy more! Many this year bring you everything you desire.


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