2018 Participating Chefs

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An impressive line-up of acclaimed celebrity chefs will curate signature food experiences for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at Churchill Downs. The eight globally-recognized chefs will create their signature cuisine over the course of the two-day event throughout Churchill Downs and within many of the venue’s luxury seating areas.

Hugh Acheson

The culinary force behind four restaurants in Georgia, Hugh Acheson is well-known for his role as a judge on the cooking reality series Top Chef.  Acheson is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southeast and for his cookbook “A New Turn in the South.”

Guests will be able to experience Acheson’s cuisine in the Turf Club on Friday, November 2 and in the Jockey Club Suites on Saturday, November 3.

Learn more about Chef Hugh Acheson.

Marc Forgione

An acclaimed chef and author, Marc Forgione is the chef/owner of Restaurant Marc Forgione and American Cut and is the co-owner/partner of Khe-Yo. He won season 3 of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” at just 31 years old, making him the youngest winner in the show’s history.

Forgione will lend his culinary expertise to the Turf Club on Saturday, November 3.

Learn more about Chef Marc Forgione.

Amanda Freitag

Through her work in professional restaurant kitchens, a judge on Food Network’s Chopped and now author, Amanda Freitag has become known as “The Chef Next Door.”

Freitag’s fare will be served to guests of the Stakes Room on Friday, November 2 and the Finish Line Suites on Saturday, November 3.

Learn more about Chef Amanda Freitag.

Jose Garces

An award-winning chef, Jose Garces’ storied career boasts numerous restaurant openings, culinary partnerships and countless television appearances. Garces has been honored by the James Beard Foundation and was crowned with the Iron Chef title in 2009.

Garces will serve as the guest chef in the Finish Line Suites on Friday, November 2 and the Stakes Room on Saturday, November 3.

Learn more about Chef Jose Garces.

Anthony Lamas

As executive chef and owner of Seviche in Louisville, Anthony Lamas is often credited for helping establish the city as an emerging restaurant destination. Known for his artful fusion of Spanish, Latin and Puerto Rican culinary styles, Lamas is a three-time James Beard Award semifinalist.

Lamas will be positioned in the Trophy Lounge on both Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

Learn more about Chef Anthony Lamas.

Angie Mar

Executive chef and owner of the lauded Beatrice Inn in New York City, Angie Mar is widely regarded as an industry authority on aged meats. Mar has received national attention for her culinary prowess, garnering rave reviews from publications such as Food & Wine and The New York Times.

Angie will prepare several of her signature dishes in Churchill Down’s most luxurious venue, The Mansion, on Friday, November 2.

Learn more about Chef Angie Mar.

Ouita Michel

A Kentucky native, Ouita Michel owns seven restaurants in her home state, including the perennial favorite, Holly Hill Inn. Michel is a James Beard-nominated chef and is frequently featured in national media such as The New York Times and Food Network.

Michel’s gourmet fare will be available to guests in the Jockey Club Suites on Friday, November 2.

Learn more about Chef Quita Michel.

Masaharu Morimoto

With more than 17 restaurants around the world including two recent openings in Waikiki, Masaharu Morimoto is widely recognized for his masterful fusion of Asian, American and European culinary techniques, as well as his numerous victories and appearances on worldwide editions of Iron Chef.

Morimoto will serve his cuisine in The Mansion on Saturday, November 3.

Learn more about Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

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