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Giada and Zac Posen and Marcus Samuelsson


© Philip Gross for the James Beard Foundation
Zac, Giada and Marcus cook together.

Of all the deluxe events at this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, this was surely the most deluxe: Giada De Laurentiis cooking with fashion designer Zac Posen cooking with chef Marcus Samuelsson dinner at the James Beard House. If that sounds like the most unlikely team, it’s not really. Marcus’s wife, Gate Haile is an Elite model who has known Zac for years, and Marcus has cooked with Zac at Zac’s house. And Zac apparently loves to cook (a kitchen, he said, is like a “super-speed atelier”). Indeed, he and Giada were in a groove on dessert: While she poached pears in a ginger-honey-and-cinnamon syrup, he made ginger ice cream. If you want more details (Marcus’s slow-cooked chicken, Zac’s crayfish bisque), has them for you.

© Philip Gross for the James Beard Foundation

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