Marcus Stone Herrington was born in fort Leavenworth Kansas to an Army colonel moved frequently including Japan and Germany. When returning to the states in the 1970s Marcus was working at the opening of a Hilton Hotel where he met 4 graduates of the Culinary Institute of America who inspired him to become a chef. By the 1990s he had worked through all the position in the kitchen and at many of the hotels and clubs in the Orlando area. Marcus was the food and beverage manager at a semi private country club, and not happy. An associate through the American Culinary Federation (ACF) told him of a job opening with the Lake County School District and he left the country club in 2000 and became a culinary instructor. In 2003 he completed the requirement to become a Certified Executive Chef (CEC) through the American Culinary Federation. With a teachers schedule being off weekend and nights I volunteered my time to my local ACF chapter accepting the responsibilities of many board positions and at present I am the vice president. In 2017 I realized that the changes that had taken place in the school system were no longer conducive to a proper introduction into the culinary arts and I retired from the Lake County School.