One of my fave chefs, Marcus Samuelsson, hosted a personal appearance at Macy’s at Dadeland Mall recently, as a member of the Macy’s Culinary Council. I actually met him during a photo opp a few months ago at the Food Network South Beach Food and Wine Fest. I was fresh out of chemotherapy and probably shouldn’t have been out and about that day. When he asked me about myself, I told him that I had been fighting cancer and he took a moment to say a quick prayer and give me a few words of encouragement. So, when I was invited to meet him again at Macy’s, I was eager to see him again and let him know that I am doing well. Here’s a pic from that first meeting.
Talk about a genuinely nice guy? I’m saying. What other celeb, upon seeing the spread in their green room, invites the media to come in and eat–BEFORE the interviews even took place. Again, he was gracious and encouraging. He even shared some of his personal experiences with cancer. Then we got down to business. Here’s some of what we spoke about:
Why is it important for someone like you to give back to your community?
It’s very basic. I was helped by a charitable organization. I’m an example. The one thing in life that you can count on is: Something is going to happen. We have to be ready to help.
What does it take to become a good cook?
To be a good cook, it comes down to repetition. Ingredients don’t make a great meal. You have to combine ingredients AND be thought driven. You have to convey what the dish should taste like. Repetition will take you from good to great. Travel will help as well. Taste good things and be inspired to cook good things.
After my quick interview, Marcus did a quick demo of yumminess that included Salmon Tacos, Peanut Noodles, and Coconut Lime Curry Chicken, before signing copies of his book for Macy’s customers. It was truly a great afternoon.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Macy’s All opinions are my own.