#hardbodyhighlight 💪💪 Though we're all about #girlpower, we love strong men who can hold their own, just as much. He was @momofuku @ko_ep's first commis. It was an uphill battle, he was every one's little brother, which means he took a lot of $h!t. He dug deep and rose to every 💪challenge. He watched every little thing we did as cooks, sweet and savory. To be clear, he is also a ridiculous human being. He loved bread (like maybe more than any person you've ever met) and became the one and only overnight baker @milkbarstore 10 years ago. He slept in the basement or in his car because he liked to be close to us, his family. He refused to leave in the morning until we rolled up the gates and finished baking cookies off for the am crush. At my core, I am not a morning person, and after two cornflake chocolate chip cookies hot out the oven at 5am, we would contest who had it worse/best with an #angryfaceoff (clearly I lost) . He is the most loyal, genuine hearted individual I’ve had the pleasure to call teammate, brother and friend. He left us to walk across the country. We made him hand drawn and self addressed stamped post cards so he could keep in touch every single day. We even bought him a tent. But the fire was in him and he couldn't help but start his own mini restaurant empire @foodbynorth @northbakery in Providence. James Mark has always been fearless in his pursuit of the kitchen, of feeding people, of doing the right thing, in a way I've never seen before. He is one of my favorite humans for more reasons than I'll ever be able to explain.