Chef Maxcel Hardy
October 16 - 12:30 PM - Spotlight Theater
Chef Max Hardy got his first taste of the culinary experience in Tampa, Florida, as a student in the Culinary Arts Program at Wharton High School. Due to his exceptional culinary skills, he was able to expand on his training at the award-winning, Johnson & Wales University, Miami Campus.
Determined to follow his passion, he tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit and started his own culinary enterprise, Chef Max Miami. His company specializes in recipes ranging from American, Kosher, French, Asian, to Caribbean. It was no surprise that Chef Max Miami became a huge success. His clientele includes a host of elite athletes, award-winning Hip Hop and R&B artists and actors, and foreign dignitaries like the Prime Minister of Turks and Caicos and the Prince of Dubai. His success has also given him the pleasure of both training and employing a number of chefs in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.
He was employed from 2009–2014 as the full-time personal chef of Amare’ Stoudemire, an NBA All-Star. During this time, he co-authored a cookbook with Stoudemire called Cooking with Amar’e – 100 Easy Recipes for Pros and Rookies in the Kitchen. It was officially released in 2014.
Chef Max has recently blended his talents with the Marley Company and co-authored the Marley Coffee Cookbook: One Love, Many Coffees, and 100 Recipes.
His reputation qualifies him to be one of the leading chefs of his generation. Chef Max is a strategic thinker and a solutions architect, who has a gift for executing projects. He is taking the culinary industry by storm! His creativity extends beyond the kitchen. He expanded his enterprise into fashion and has created Chef Max Designs, apparel for the culinary industry, for chefs looking to add a little spice to their wardrobe.
Chef Max is also dynamic leader and philanthropist. He is currently on the board of I am Hope Foundation, www.iamhopefoundation.org. Their mission is it to restore hope in every nation by creating programs that aid in the development of tools and resources to educate, empower and elevate people through mentorship courses, food and nutrition programs and facilitating empowerment seminars. Max has traveled both internationally and domestically, empowering youth as a key speaker at You Matter Youth Conferences and I am a Leader Youth Seminars. In addition, he has traveled on a mission trip to Nevis, West Indies and prepared 400 meals for the people of Nevis. Chef Max is now preparing to travel to Kenya, Africa to prepare meals at a local orphanage.
Chef Max’s talent has been witnessed across the nation, as a competitor on Food Network's hit shows, Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. He was also featured on WABC News, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, NBC’s thegrio.com, the New York Post, Detroit Metro Times, Essence Magazine, Fox 5 Good Day New York, Bon Appetit, and Arise TV.
Maxcel Hardy relocated to his favorite city Detroit, the place of his birth, to open a restaurant called COOP. Things did not stop there, Chef Max was the recipient of the My Brother’s Keeper award by President Obama (2016) and he was featured in the in 2016 Aetna African American History Calendar. Furthermore, he was asked to represent the United States in the Real World Food Festival in the United Emirates.
As you can see, due to his hard work, talent, and perseverance, Chef Max has achieved much success in the field of culinary arts and he has no desire to stop. This tireless work ethic is fueled by a simple concept, that his patrons will be able to “taste his dedication to excellence in every bite.”