The granddaughter of a legendary food family has become the first CEO of the Momofuku restaurant group.
Marguerite Mariscal, 29, who started with the company as an intern in 2011, is part of the Zabar family, which has run the Zabar’s specialty foods store in New York City for 85 years.
Mariscal is charged with overseeing all of Momofuku’s businesses, including its 14 restaurants, products and special projects, according to the company.
She became Momofuku’s brand director in 2016 and rose to chief of staff and creative director last year.
Chef David Chang opened his first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar, in 2004 in New York City. Many more concepts have followed, including Fuku, Milk Bar, Majordomo, and, recently, a high-end convenience store at the new Hudson Yards development in New York City called Peach Mart. The company is slated to open a Los Angeles outpost of Noodle Bar later this year.
“I act as a conduit between Dave’s brain and our internal teams to strike that balance,” Mariscal told Forbes last year when she was named to the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. “I speak fluent Dave.”