Meet The Chef…
Madison Cowan is a hands-on dad, author, entrepreneur and former two-time street resident with roots in London, Jamaica and Detroit. In 2004, after being awarded a four star rating from The Times as head 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, cookery demonstration, television production and mobile clandestine 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 returns to the tube in late 2013 with a new series currently in development and he has written his first book which chronicles his personal journey as well as philosophy and inspiration for cooking from the soul, no matter the ingredients. Additionally, he has recently been named Food Bank For New York City culinary council member, Doe Fund Ambassador and has signed on with both First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move To Schools campaign and Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters, which provides nutritional guidance and education from professional chefs to public schools nationwide. Madison resides in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and their dog Kato.