Mark Kiffin, owner of The Compound Restaurant, celebrated the James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest award in 2005 and is currently celebrating his 19th anniversary as owner of The Compound restaurant on May 30th, 2019, a corner stone of the culinary landscape in Santa Fe, located in the Arts District on Canyon Road. The restaurant renowned for its distinctive...

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Mark Kiffin, owner of The Compound Restaurant, celebrated the James Beard Best Chef of the Southwest award in 2005 and is currently celebrating his 19th anniversary as owner of The Compound restaurant on May 30th, 2019, a corner stone of the culinary landscape in Santa Fe, located in the Arts District on Canyon Road. The restaurant renowned for its distinctive style and elegance recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016; Kiffin has developed a signature Contemporary American menu, using New World influences combined with the culinary style and flavors of the Mediterranean. Kiffin focuses his seasonally evolving menu on available regional ingredients and local sourcing making both restaurants truly farm to table.

Beginning in 1990, Chef Kiffin partnered with owner Mark Miller at the famed Santa Fe-based flagship Coyote Café and later Coyote Café MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where he acted as Corporate Executive Chef/Owner. Since his tenure with Miller, Kiffin has gone onto work with other notable Chefs and successfully opened 20 restaurants.

Twenty-eight years in Santa Fe has strengthened Kiffin’s love and passion for New Mexico. He recognizes not only the responsibility in taking care of one of Santa Fe’s true treasures, the Compound Restaurant, but also the importance of taking care of his community. Becoming a sitting board member for the Santa Fe Wine and Chile committee in 2008, Kiffin ensured a voice for the local Santa Fe restaurants participating in the annual Wine and Chile Fiesta held every September. He recently joined the board for the New York Grand Fondo, which will be held annually in Santa Fe as well. In addition to his board work, Kiffin has multiple charities he works with exclusively including Las Campanas Compadres, The New Mexico Cancer Foundation, and the Santa Fe Opera of which he makes generous donations each year and holds annual benefit dinners. Kiffin will again join efforts with the No Kid Hungry Foundation in Dallas TX alongside Chef Stephen Pyles making this his 5th appearance for the event. Kiffin other philanthropy includes Adaptive Sports Program of New Mexico, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, The Lensic Theater, Performance Santa Fe, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, and the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market.

Under the attentive, energetic leadership of Chef/Owner Kiffin, both chef Kiffin and the Compound has received multiple accolades including recognition as New Mexico True, 2015-2019 Certificate of Excellence Winner by Trip Advisor, 2019 winner wine spectator award (it’s 14th in a row), 2016 Restaurant Legacy Award, 2015 James Beard Semifinalist for Service, and Edible Magazine’s Local Hero Award for Best Chef in Santa Fe in 2019.

Chef Kiffin enjoys guest chef appearances at numerous national and international food events including, but not limited to, Pebble Beach and LA Food and Wine events, the 17th Annual Masters of Food and Wine, hosted by Food and Wine Magazine, and presented by Wine Spectator; Wolfgang Puck’s Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles, California; Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida; The Aspen Food and Wine Festival in Aspen, Colorado; The James Beard House in New York City; Masters of Food and Wine in Carmel, California; the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Naples, Florida; The Four Seasons and Regent Hotels in Singapore; the International Olive Council seminar in Morocco, North Africa – not to mention guesting at numerous prestigious wineries throughout the United States.

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