Cooking was always Marlene’s passion. This was enhanced when she lived in Paris, the gastronomic capital of the world. She took cooking lessons at “Le Ritz” with some of the most famous French chefs, then in Montreal with Chef Benny Poon in "Ecole Professionnelle de Cuisine Chinoise".
To complete her professional training Marlene joined “Le Cordon Bleu” in Paris where she received in 1998 a Grand Diplôme in cooking and pastry. She also received a “First Certificate in Food Safety" from "The Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene".
In Beirut, she refined her Italian cooking skills and received a certificate from “L’Academia Italiana Bella Cucccina”.
In 1999, Marlene started giving cooking lessons in international cuisine at her home to a select number of students, about 12 in each session. Young ladies attending those classes are delighted by their success in hosting Marlene-inspired dinner parties, and they are profuse in their appreciation of Marlene’s lucidity and patience in her teaching methods, with an artistic flair to every dish she presents.
Her cuisine is now a rite of passage to Beirut society ladies.
She appeared on a number of Lebanese TV channels between 1999 and 2009 and earned the loyalty of a large audience of viewers. Her recipes were also published in a number of Lebanese and Arab journals.
Her book “Ma’idat Marlene Min Alsharq wa Algharb” is her first Arabic book with 400 recipes and 600 photographs, and was an instant success. It is now in its third printing,
“Marlene’s Best Recipes” in English was published in 2010.