In 1997, after graduating with honors from The Los Angeles Culinary Institution, Marco began his professional culinary career at The Dal Rae Restaurant in Pico Rivera, California. He then began in the sports and entertainment industry about a year later as a sous chef at Edison International Field of Anaheim where he made his name known in the industry by working in stadiums and arenas all over the country. Some of the stops included: The Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, LA Lakers, Dodgers, Clippers, Kings and The Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
After working in the sports and entertainment industry for years, Marco Zapien decided in 2003 that it was time to build a reputation in the private sector by partnering with his father Jess in a family operated restaurant. Zapien’s Salsa Grill and Taqueria has been in operation for over 20 years now and has been a community favorite. Marco has developed a unique style of cooking that incorporates two generations of his mother’s and father’s family recipes with the passionate creativity he has developed throughout his culinary career. Since joining the partnership full time, the restaurant has exploded with much acclaim because of the tantalizing menu creations Marco has developed.
Throughout his career, Marco’s imaginative dishes have allowed him to cross over many different styles of cooking, while continuing to maintain an affinity for dishes that represent his Hispanic roots. Marco has and always will continue to pride himself on making the freshest, highest quality food and providing the best service. Whether it is a