April 24, 2017

The Culinary Institute of America Leadership Awards

What an honor to receive one of this year’s Culinary Institute of America leadership awards.

Last week, I was given the “Augie Award” at the 2017 CIA dinner at The American Museum of Natural History here in New York City - I was among a "Trio of Titans", which included producer, Shep Gordon, and Chef Jacques Pepin. The CIA leadership award is given annually to recognize the achievements of visionaries, entrepreneurs, and chefs who best embody the qualities of leadership, determination, and innovation. More than 600 foodservice and hospitality industry leaders, celebrity chefs, CIA alumni and other luminaries from business and entertainment attended. The event is the CIA's largest fundraiser for student scholarships, and was prepared by many of its past graduates.

Here are some of the photos - enjoy.

April 22, 2017

Dale Chihuly Art Exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden

A striking garden exhibition of light and color is now on display at The New York Botanical Garden.

Set within NYBG’s meandering landscape and the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, this extraordinary show features more than 20 glass installations by world-renowned Seattle-based artist and entrepreneur, Dale Chihuly. The exhibit, entitled “Chihuly”, includes new pieces as well as some earlier works, offering visitors a glimpse of his artistic development through the years. I previewed the exhibit earlier this week, and it is simply breathtaking - both day and night. The NYBG worked tirelessly to ensure Chihuly’s sculptures shimmered perfectly with the surrounding plant life. The Garden even replanted certain areas in order to best complement Chihuly’s stunning creations.

I strongly encourage you and your family to stop by for a visit if you're in the New York City area. “Chihuly” starts today and runs through October 29th. Enjoy my photos.

April 21, 2017

Celebrating the New Season of "Cooking School" on Facebook

I am so excited - the fifth season of my television series, "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" premieres this weekend on PBS!

This show teaches the basics of cooking while offering a huge variety of recipes, techniques, and my favorite kitchen tips and tricks. This season is even more special because it features the wonderful foods of the Arabian Gulf. I'll share coastal favorites such as calamari with vermicelli, lemon and herbs, and fish with tamarind sauce. I'll make a variety of kababs for all your summer entertaining, such as pomegranate skirt steak kebabs, lamb kebabs with yogurt-mint sauce, and beef, mushroom, and millet kebabs. And, I'll show you how to make some of the most delectable sweets from the Gulf, such as beehive buns, semolina coconut cake, sesame caramels, and brûléed saffron custards.

I hope you caught yesterday's Facebook LIVE, when I shared my twist on two delicious dishes from the show - a savory flatbread and a spicy herb-packed fava bean dip. If you missed it, just click on this highlighted link to our Facebook page.

And please tune-in to "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" - you will love every show! A big thanks to this season's sponsors - Al Jazeera and Qatar Airways. Enjoy these photos.