Martin was born in the Netherlands, went to the Francois Vatel Culinary Academy at the age of 13 and spent 4 years full time at the academy followed by a 4-year apprenticeship at several Michelin star restaurants and 5 star hotels.
Upon completion of his apprenticeship he undertook a Chef de Partie position at the 2 Michelin star restaurant De Goede Reede under the guidance of award winning chef Robert Minkus.
After taking up a Senior Sous Chef position at a 5 star hotel, Martin was asked to head up a new restaurant that had ambition to gain a Michelin star. After 2 years of hard work the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star.
He then was offered the position of Senior Sous Chef at the famous Atlantic Hotel and was promoted to Executive Sous Chef within a year, looking after 2 fine dining restaurants and banquets of up to 1250 people.
Martin immigrated to Australia in 1998 and took up a position as Executive Chef at the French Quarter Resort in Noosa. He was then offered a position at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne as Executive Sous Chef where he stayed for 3 years before taking up the position of Executive Chef at the Athenaeum Club in Collins Street.
Martin then became a Culinary Instructor in 2007, teaching at NMIT allowing Martin to bring his highly regarded culinary skills and knowledge to influence our cookery students and staff, before opening BrownKorte’s on Evelyn County Estate with his mate and business partner, Gordon Brown.