Macy’s Culinary Council Updates Its Roster with Top Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Macy’s (NYSE:M) Culinary Council welcomes chef Johnny Iuzzini to its elite roster of culinary superstars. One of the nation's most celebrated and innovative pastry chefs, Iuzzini will join notable talents including Emeril Lagasse, Cat Cora, Wolfgang Puck and Marcus Samuelsson on this distinguished team. With accolades including the James Beard Foundation’s award for “Pastry Chef of the Year” and a position as head judge for Top Chef Just Desserts, Iuzzini is a fitting addition to Macy’s Culinary Council’s exclusive ranks.

Macy's Culinary Council Chef Johnny Iuzzini (Photo: Business Wire)

“Our Council of culinary masters aims to inspire and instruct Macy’s customers how to cook and shop like a professional chef,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “A renowned chef with a remarkable résumé, Johnny Iuzzini’s passionate and inventive approach to pastry is an exciting complement to the Council’s existing pool of culinary expertise.”

Macy’s Culinary Council is composed of 14 of the country’s highest caliber chefs who share recipes and culinary tips with cooking enthusiasts through Macy’s in-store events, culinary initiatives, marketing and online content. Since its launch in 2003, the Council has counted among its line-up a varied group of esteemed chefs who are among the most talented and recognizable within their industry. A richly diverse program with elements ranging from in-store cooking demonstrations and online video tutorials to food truck tours and cookbooks, the Council serves as a resource of culinary information and inspiration for Macy’s customers.

“I am very excited to join Macy's Culinary Council,” said pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini. “Both Macy's and this distinguished panel of chefs stand for the highest of quality, prestige and professionalism. I am honored to be joining such an elite team."

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About Johnny Iuzzini

Chef Johnny Iuzzini, award-winning pastry chef, hails from the Catskills region in upstate New York. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with over twenty years of kitchen experience, Chef Iuzzini honed his craft at highly lauded dining locations such as The River Café in Brooklyn, NY, along with Daniel, Payard, Café Boulud and Jean Georges in New York City. In 1998 he traveled around the world and studied pastry at some of the finest patisseries in France including LaDuree under Pierre Hermès. In 2006, the James Beard Foundation awarded Chef Iuzzini "Pastry Chef of the Year." In addition he has been recognized as one of the "10 Most Influential Pastry Chefs in America" by Forbes, "Best New Pastry Chef" by New York Magazine, and named one of the “Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America” two years in a row by Pastry Arts and Design. He has appeared on national television shows including Today, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart, Paula Dean and Live with Regis and Kelly. During his near decade as the Executive Pastry Chef at Restaurant Jean Georges, the restaurant received four stars from The New York Times, three Michelin stars, and was considered one of the world’s 50 greatest restaurants. Chef Iuzzini is the head judge of Bravo’s culinary competition series Top Chef Just Desserts and the author of DESSERT FOURPLAY: Sweet Quartets From A Four-Star Pastry Chef (Clarkson Potter).

About Macy’s Culinary Council

Macy’s Culinary Council is a national culinary authority comprising some of the nation’s leading culinary masters, including Rick Bayless, Michelle Bernstein, Cat Cora, Tom Douglas, Todd English, Marc Forgione, Johnny Iuzzini, Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson, Tim Scott, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, Wolfgang Puck and Takashi Yagihashi. Launched in 2003, MCC’s team of distinguished chefs serves to inspire the way Macy's customers shop, cook and eat at home. The chefs are both ambassadors and instructors, providing expert culinary advice and leading cooking demonstrations at Macy’s stores, with the aim of teaching customers how to cook and shop like a master chef.

About Macy’s

Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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