About Madison

Meet The Chef…

Madison is a hands-on family man, chef, author, adventurer, storyteller and producer, with roots in London, Detroit, and Jamaica. In 2004, upon receiving 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 content creation, licensing and consulting, 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 poet Mos Def, 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 springboard to his culinary experience:

She made certain I knew my way round the kitchen and would never depend on anyone for a meal. Sage advice I now impart to my own child.

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 features on multiple series such as Tournament of Champions, Guy’s Grocery Games, Guilty Pleasures and Iron Chef Eats.

Most notably, Madison’s charitable endeavours include: advocating on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association in its quest to #ENDALZ and all dementia related diseases; Global Advisory Council member for CARE, which fights to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve equity and social justice by centring women and girls. Previously, Madison was actively involved with former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move To Schools initiative, which created 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.