WINNER ANNOUNCED: Celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Michelle Bernstein enjoy Louisville, Southern cooking

UPDATE: Congratulations to Keith and Linda, the winners of the giveaway! Check your emails soon for more information.

Blogger’s note: Man, I have had so much good stuff to give away lately. I have a signed copy of Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s memoir, Yes, Chef, and a signed copy of Chef Michelle Bernstein‘s cookbook, Cuisine a Latina, up for grabs. For a chance to win, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me why you would like to win one of these books. For an additional chance to win, like the Ashlee Eats Facebook page, then leave a comment telling me you like the page. You have until Tuesday, May 7, at 11:59 p.m. to enter to win. I’ll contact and announce the winner Wednesday, May 8.

And in full disclosure, Everywhere Society social network provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Culinary Council.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson, me and Chef Michelle Bernstein at the Macy's Culinary Council demonstration.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson, me and Chef Michelle Bernstein at the Macy’s Culinary Council demonstration.

Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson knew how to win over the crowd at his cooking demonstration at Macy’s last week. He brought a bottle of Maker’s Mark bourbon and handed out shots to the audience.

Samuelsson and chef Michelle Bernstein stopped by Louisville last week to share recipes and discuss cooking as part of the Macy’s Culinary Council demonstration at Macy’s at Oxmoor Mall.

Samuelsson is the winner of Bravo Network’s Top Chef Masters and a judge on the Food Network competition show Chopped. He is the chef/owner of Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club and American Table Café and Bar in New York City.

Bernstein is has been a judge on Top Chef and competed on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. She is the chef/owner of Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment in Miami.

The demonstration was free and open to the public, there were only about 75 seats available, which made the show intimate and fun. The chefs whipped up dishes, talked a little about their background in cooking and took questions from the audience.

The Macy’s folks invited me to attend the event and interview the chefs (and provided the signed books — thanks, Macy’s!).  Here are some highlights from the evening:

  • Samuelsson and Bernstein are big fans of Louisville’s culinary scene. “Those of us who don’t live here will always want to come back,” Bernstein said. Some stand-out restaurants they mentioned included 610 Magnolia, Proof on Main, Holy Grale and Seviche. Samuelsson compared Louisville to cities like Austin and Brooklyn, places “where craft and artisanal matters.”
  • Think you’re too busy to cook for yourself? It might be time to change your priorities, Samuelsson said. People have put too much value in food being convenient instead of healthy and homemade. “It’s a matter of where you put food on the value ladder,” he said.
  • The chefs cooked Southern dishes with their own personal twists. “Everything that is comfort food (in the South) is $36 in New York,” Samuelsson said. Samuelsson made coconut fried chicken with collards and gravy using chicken from a leftover curry stew. Bernstein served shrimp braised with jerez wine, creamy grits, gremolata and crunchy garlic.
  • Even though she’s an award-winning chef, Bernstein still has trouble getting her toddler son to eat. “He’s my worst critic,” she said. “He spits (my food) out at me.”
  • Macy’s will feature 610 Magnolia and Milkwood chef Edward Lee at its next cooking demonstration. Get more information about that event here. Also, Samuelsson and Bernstein kept referring to Lee as just plain “Ed.” For some reason, this amused me.

12 thoughts on “WINNER ANNOUNCED: Celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Michelle Bernstein enjoy Louisville, Southern cooking

  1. I’m so excited you got to meet them! Super Jelly, but excited too!! I want to win either book so that whenever you come over my house, you can say “Hey, I gave you that book!”.

  2. New Kitchen=Me cooking more, This means I need more cook books. Plus when you come over I will use it to cook you something fancy, as long as you bring dessert.

    Also a little fun fact; My Grandmother used to be the full time demonstration chef at Macy’s (before it was Macy’s and after). It was always fun to go a visit grandma a lunch time.

  3. I’m such a big fan of Marcus Samuelsson and I love his take on food. I love how he mixes Southern food with international flavors to give a totally unexpected and unique flavor. He seems to be the “it” guy in the culinary world right now, so I’d love to get my hands on a copy of his newest book. And signed too? Icing on the cake! Thanks

  4. Michelle’s cookbook looks great. I’d love to have some more Latin American-inspired dishes in my repertoire!

  5. I would love to win either book; I’m a wanna-be foodie home chef and am always looking for new recipes to try. It’s what keeps me sane in a crazy busy world.

  6. I got to meet “Ed” and eat his food at a dinner at Woodford Reserve last March for my birthday. It was awesome. I want to go to his new place sometime. So envious that you got to meet Marcus Samuelsson!

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