Marc Kelley, born in Munich, Germany, is the owner Soop and drives its culinary vision. Marc’s passion for cooking was instilled at an early age by his Swedish mother, who was a very good and adventurous cook. Early in his career, Marc cooked in restaurants in Sacramento and Mammoth Lakes. He then embarked on a twenty-year career in the produce industry first for Felix Costa and Sons cherry growers in Lodi and then in international sales for Paramount Export Company of Oakland. There he managed sales of fresh fruits and vegetables, sourcing California, Oregon and Washington produce for customers in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. In his global travels, Marc learned to love the local cuisines of the various countries he visited. He also came to appreciate the universal appeal of soup; this is what eventually helped push to follow his passion and open Soop. Marc has a Bachelors Degree in International Economics from UC Davis, including one year study at Lund University in Sweden. Marc is an avid hiker and cyclist.