Cook Like An Off Duty Chef With Marcus Samuelsson

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Smart shoppers and savvy home cooks know that Macy's offers a wide selection of quality cookware at great prices, but wouldn't it be a blast if you could learn how to make a few recipes from your favorite celebrity chefs at up-close during live demonstrations? Now you can, thanks to the Macy's Culinary Council, Macy's team of distinguished chefs who serve to inspire the way you shop, cook and eat at home. 

The members of the Macy's Culinary Council include luminary chefs like Cat Cora, Nancy Silverton, Rick Bayless, Wolfgang Puck, and more. Over the years, these chefs have shared their considerable expertise, time, and recipes in exciting cooking demonstrations designed to inspire Americans "to eat, cook and enjoy food at home — just like a chef." Helpful tips, advice, and suggestions provided by each chef show home cooks how to add a bit of pizzazz to their menu and learn how to make gourmet meals a success.

Spring 2016 Macy's Culinary Council Cooking Demonstration in Chicago on March 8

For the spring, the first demonstration and cookbook signing — featuring acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson — will be held on Tuesday, March 8 at noon at the Macy's on State Street in Chicago. Please be sure to RSVP immediately since seating for the Macy's cooking demonstrations is limited and on a first come first served basis.

What's on the Menu

Marcus Samuelsson is an entertaining chef whose enthusiasm for his food is infectious and we're certain you will enjoy learning how to prepare his food as much as you will enjoy tasting it (and yes, you will get to sample the tasty food being demonstrated). So what's on the menu for the demo on March 8?  Recipes taken directly from chef Samuelsson's latest cookbook, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook At Home. Many of the flavors, ingredients, and cooking styles featured in the book are used in chef Samuelsson's restaurants and are found in the dishes being demonstrated, which include spice rubbed Texas brisket with cowpeas and Haitian coleslaw, sticky fingers curried lobster stew with zucchini fritters, and roof garden fish tacos.

Cook Like a Chef with Easy Recipes

Home cooks will immediately appreciate these recipes because the techniques are easy to execute and all of the ingredients can be easily customized or substituted. For example, the lobster in the stew can be substituted with fresh crab or shrimp and the recipes will still be delicious and just as easy to make. One favorite dish that Marcus feels represents his culinary point of view and personality is the fish tacos. He loves making fish tacos, and knows you will too, because they are uncomplicated and can be prepared using seasonal ingredients and the kinds of local fish available in your markets.

A Distinct Culinary Point of View

Marcus' cooking is all about chasing flavors and bringing stories into the kitchen. Every dish he creates is inspired by his experiences, whether from his childhood cooking in Sweden, the discovery of his Ethiopian heritage, or his newly established foundations in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. Chef Marcus is constantly mixing and matching different cuisines to bring something brand new to the table. 

By utilizing exciting new ingredients but still keeping the narrative close to home, he is able to intimately connect with his guests during cooking demonstrations. Flavorful but practical dishes that use local, seasonal flavors and ingredients keeps Marcus' recipes affordable for families, and his belief in cooking with children is central to his philosophy that instilling a love for cooking early on can prevent picky eating habits.

Event Details and Special Offers

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Address: 111 North State Street, Chicago IL 60602

Venue: Macy's on State Street

Location: Culinary Studio, 7th Floor

Price per person: Free

Seating: First come first served basis

RSVP: Required

To make reservations call: 1-800-329-8667

Special Promotion for Attendees Only

After the demo and tasting of Marcus' recipes, head to the lower level and shop for latest in cookware and gadgets and when you purchase* $35 or more in the Home Department, receive a $10 Macy's gift card, and a copy of Marcus Off Duty**, which he'll sign for you after the event!

Events subject to change or cancellation. *Purchase must be made 3/8/16 at Macy's on State Street only. **Gift card valid 3/8-3/11/16 only. One per customer, while supplies and time permits. Gift card and book will be distributed 3/8.