Derby season is upon us – the time when the entire town goes nuts with events, parties and high profile personalities popping up everywhere.  Macy’s is right in the middle of the fray as Macy’s Culinary Council welcomes Chef Michelle Bernstein and local Chef Anthony Lamas to the Home Department on the third floor of their store at the Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Rd., on May 2  at 6 p.m. for a special cooking demo in honor of the Big Race. The master chefs will share their culinary secrets and techniques on how to prepare some of their favorite award-winning dishes for any race day occasion.

Plus, customers who make any purchase of $35* or more in the Home department will receive a $20 Macy’s gift card and a copy of either Chef Bernstein’s or Chef Lamas’ cookbook**. Following the demo, attendees will be able to meet the chefs, get their cookbooks signed and take a photo with the chefs! To RSVP, please call 1-800-329-8667. (Seating is first come first serve.) For more information, visit Read More to learn more about these special chefs’ impressive backgrounds.



WHO:                    Michelle Bernstein is a member of Macy’s Culinary Council, made up of expert chefs from around the country, who are dedicated to inspiring people to eat, cook and enjoy food at home – just like a chef. Bernstein is a James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef, restaurateur and author based in Miami, Florida. She was previously a co-host of the Food Network series Melting Pot and was once in a battle on Iron Chef America versus Bobby Flay, from which she emerged victorious. She has since appeared on numerous shows, including as a guest judge on Top Chef. She also continues to host her PBS weekly television series, Check, Please! and SoFlo Taste on Miami’s WLPG. She has been a regular guest on multiple national television shows, including The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and Univision morning show, Despierta America.  Additionally, Michelle has opened several critically acclaimed restaurants in the Miami area. For more information, visit

Anthony Lamas is the executive chef and owner of Seviche, an acclaimed Latin restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to opening his restaurant, Lamas trained with the San Diego Culinary Apprenticeship Program and worked with the celebrated Chef Jeff Tunks at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. In 1992, Lamas discovered Louisville as an emerging culinary destination, and in 2005 he opened Seviche there to rave reviews. In 2010, Lamas was named a “leader of the Latin food revolution” by, and in 2011, Lamas won the title of Extreme Chef on the hit Food Network TV show. Additionally, Lamas has cooked at the James Beard House five times, and he was honored as a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southeast award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Southern Living, Food Arts, Bon Appétit and Wine Spectator have also showcased Lamas’ talent.

Photography of Michelle Bernstein courtesy of Macy’s