Meet The Chef…
Madison Cowan is a hands-on dad, cook, producer, motivational speaker and former street resident with roots in London, Jamaica and Detroit. In 2004, after being awarded a four star rating from The Times as executive chef of Ashbells in London’s West End, he established Madison Cowan LLC, a global culinary production company that oversees operations in licensing and consulting, television production and private dining that has reached throughout Africa, Europe, Japan and South America. Madison has catered to jazz legend Lionel Hampton, singer and human rights activist Odetta, actors Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Anderson, rapper and MC Mos Def, director Woody Allen, fashion icon Donna Karan, playwright Lanford Wilson, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins and former President Bill Clinton. He credits his mother’s influence as the spring-board to his culinary experience:
She made certain I knew my way round the kitchen. I believe she never wanted me to depend on anyone for a meal as others depended on her.
In 2010 Food Network selected him as a contestant for their hit Primetime series Chopped where he competed and won three consecutive episodes to become the first ever Grand Champion. Following appearances on NBC’s Today Show and CBS This Morning, in April of 2012 he was victorious on Iron Chef America’s epic Battle Kale and co-starred in BBC America’s exciting travel series No Kitchen Required. Madison returned to the tube in late 2013 as a recurring judge in Food Network’s delectable series of chance, Kitchen Casino and currently appears as a judge on Guy’s Grocery Games and Beat Bobby Flay. Additionally, he advocates for The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, in its quest to cure the dementia related disease, was named Food Bank For New York City culinary council member and has signed on with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move To Schools initiative, which creates partnerships for professional chefs and public schools nationwide with the goal of solving childhood obesity within their communities by collaboratively educating children about food and healthy eating.