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Thomas Marlow is the Executive Chef of the award winning Mimosa Grill in Uptown Charlotte, NC. Marlow was born and raised in Fairport, NY before coming to Charlotte to attend Johnson & Wales University to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and B.S. in Food Service Management.
Chef Marlow joined Harper’s Restaurant Group in 2009 under the tutelage of Executive Chef Jon Fortes, he honed his skills and moved through various Harper’s Group locations as the chef de cuisine of Upstream and Zink American Kitchen before coming full circle back to Mimosa Grill as Executive Chef. Alongside the team from Mimosa, Marlow won both the 2013 and 2014 “Fire in the City” Competition Dining Series and the NC State Competition dining Series in 2014.
Most recently since taking the reins of Mimosa Grill, Marlow has led the restaurant to Visit Charlotte’s 2015 Restaurant of the year and Food Service Magazine’s Top 100 Independent Restaurants in America in 2015.
Marlow says that his favorite thing about being in the kitchen is his appreciation for teaching young and eager cooks and fellow chefs and pushing himself to learn more every day. Away from the kitchen Marlow enjoys a long paddle on his kayak at the lake, hitting the links with good friends or gaining inspiration through his travels.
Chef Marlow is a proud member of the Piedmont Culinary Guild based in Charlotte, NC and has been a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance since 2012, where he will be cooking a family style breakfast for the Summer 2017 “Sur Latino” SFA Symposium on June 23. Marlow is the host chef of the annual No Kid Hungry Dinner held at Mimosa Grill to raise awareness to end childhood hunger in America and you can join his fight at nokidhungry.org