Barbie Marshall is a Southwest Philadelphia native. She started cooking on the stovetop at age 5 and there was no time at all before cooking dinner was a chore. She developed a passion early on for cooking as well as teaching others how to cook.
Barbie began cooking professionally when offered a job at Ritz Hall Catering at the age of 14. She continued to cooking for her friends while attending high school at West Philadelphia Catholic High School. Soon after, Barbie relocated from Philadelphia to Virginia Beach, Virginia working at The Smokehouse & Cooler, Cuisine & Company, and Cobalt Grille. After graduating from Johnson and Wales University in Norfolk, Virginia, Barbie completed her culinary externship at Todd Jurich’s Bistro where she was hired and began researching and using local sustainable ingredients.
Barbie continued her research and work on local sustainable ingredients when she returned to Philadelphia at 1224 Raw Sushi Bar and Sake Lounge, Rx Restaurant, and SOOP Catering. In 2007, Barbie’s research and work on sustainable foods led her to accept a position as a farmer at Green Meadow Farm. Her three years farming combined with her culinary work led her to be called The Farming Chef as she often utilizes ingredients she has grown from the soil to the plate.
In 2012, Barbie was selected and appeared on the popular FOX show, Hell’s Kitchen featuring Chef Gordon Ramsay, where she finished as a finalist. Since appearing on the show, Barbie has continued her work as Chef of SOOP Catering and began doing celebrity chef appearances and demonstrations. She has been featured at The Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, Philadelphia Taste Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits, The Virginia Vintage Festival, Drexel University’s Philly Chef’s Conference,The Mohegan Sun Fest, Delmarva Live, Fox’s Good Day Philly and PHL 17’s Eye Opener Philly. Chef Barbie resides in Lancaster County, PA with her family where she also dedicates her time on the board of StopCAIDNow/StopRareDiseaseBullyingnow.