Mark Steele, owner/chef, OCCO Kitchen

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Mark Steele

Age: 39

Birthplace: St. John's

Company: Full-service restaurant and catering business

Education: Culinary Arts, College of the North Atlantic

Charitable involvement: CHEO

Biggest biz achievement: Growing OCCO Kitchen from a small takeout with two employees to a multi-location full-service restaurant and catering facility with more than 70 employees within two years.

Biggest biz obstacle: Staffing in suburbia.

Biggest lesson learned: Personal ROI: the more effort, time and focus you put into a task, the greater the return.

First job: Line cook

What’s left to do: Do my part in promoting and supporting the local economy and real non-processed foods through business ventures.

Favourite pastime: Playing guitar

Favourite song: I'm Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys

Favourite pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Canada Day

Preferred social media platform: Facebook