The coolest thing about seeing Marcus Samuelsson at Baha Mar’s inaugural culinary and arts festival last October was watching the way so many attendees reacted when they saw him. With his vibrant outfits and magnetic charm, there was no wonder why crowds would gather wherever he appeared, and then follow him wherever he’d go. Some of us even joked that if he’d walked all the way to the end of the boat dock outside his restaurant and stepped off into the water, we’d have heard splashing for hours after.
So, when word leaks that the icon behind Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House is returning to Grand Hyatt Baha Mar for four days this month, it means something truly special is about to go down. It turns out that it’s going to be quite an educational experience for some very lucky guests, as Samuelsson will be teaching an intimate and exclusive cooking class at The Kitchen at Baha Mar on Saturday, March 25. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that this one will fill up quickly.
But the most important educational event begins on Thursday, March 23, as local culinary students from Doris Johnson Senior High School will shadow the staff at the celebrity chef’s namesake restaurant before a dinner in the beachside garden. Samuelsson will be in attendance to undoubtedly share professional words of wisdom with the aspiring talents, and possibly some inspirational ideas about giving back.
That’s because the following day will feature a community food drive, with Chef Delarise of Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House and other generous volunteers teaming up to serve meals to the community at the Great Commission Ministries Bahamas.
Chef Samuelsson’s visit will conclude on Sunday, March 26, with a two-hour champagne brunch at his restaurant, after which guests will wonder when they’ll be able to do it all over again.