Ask Chef Marc Murphy where he grew up and he’ll fire off a list of cosmopolitan destinations — Milan, Paris, Washington DC, and Rome. For some, growing up the son of a globetrotting diplomat might have been stressful, yet for Murphy, this dizzying list of hometowns served as an excellent education in French and Italian cuisine, and afforded him the luxury of learning from a young age just how much he loved the world of cooking and of restaurants. Since then, Murphy has logged more than 20 years in the restaurant business, working in some of the world’s most highly esteemed kitchens, including Le Miraville in Paris, and Le Cirque in New York. He was also theExecutive Chef at Cellar in the Sky at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center, La Fourchette and Chinoiserie. In March 2004, Murphy opened his first shop with Landmarc [Tribeca] and today serves as Executive Chef and Owner of all of the restaurants in the Benchmarc Restaurants group, which includes Landmarc [at the Time Warner Center]; Ditch Plains [West Village] and Ditch Plains Upper West Side; as well as Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy.