Marino cooks up success in LaPorte
Inspiring. That is the word many Slicers would use to describe the new Spanish teacher at LPHS–Mr. Marino. Marino’s dreams are big, and his ambition to achieve them are even bigger.
Marino, who is originally from Europe, has visited many countries and knows six languages. Marino loves to communicate, and his favorite part of traveling to new countries is knowing the people there, that’s why he is continuing to learn many new languages.
Preaching diversity, Marino has made it his number one goal to teach students not only Spanish but the importance of diversity and respect.
“I am a firm believer in the Holistic teaching approach, meaning every person is a whole world and we can learn from each other’s world. We can all learn from each other,” Marino said.
Marino doesn’t only teach; he is also a chef. He studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in France. His passion for cooking started when he was nine years old.
“I was in Italy with my grandmother, and she taught me how to make an Italian dish with tomato sauce, and from that day, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I am blessed that I did what I loved and got paid for it,” Marino said.
As Marino’s passion for cooking grew he has accomplished impressive culinary feats.
”I’ve cooked for presidents and kings. I’ve developed culinary programs for schools in the U.S,” Marino said.
In 2006, Marino developed a culinary program that was the first culinary class taught in Spanish in the US.
“I was very proud of that because I knew that the Latin Community works very hard making these dishes in the kitchen, but most of them didn’t know what they were doing,” Marino said.
Marino has personally taught in all the culinary program classes.
“My first program was launched in Miami, Florida, and then after that, there were some in Orlando, Scottsdale, Austin, and Los Angeles to name a few,” Marino said.
Now Marino is planning on opening a restaurant in LaPorte, called “La Ventana,” which means “The Window” in English. He wants this restaurant to double as a cooking class for anyone passionate about cooking.
“I purchased a building in LaPorte, and the idea is to create a restaurant/cooking school. It will take a few years, but I am working on it to make it how I like it,” Marino said.
Overall, Marino sets a great example to his students on what it means to be happy with what one does and what it truly means to work hard for the things one believes in. LPHS is happy to welcome the new Spanish teacher Mr. Marino and can’t wait to support him in the classroom or in his upcoming restaurant.