He's currently the chef at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and has been recognized as one of the best chefs in America.
Now, deep rooted Mississippian Chef Nick Wallace has been asked to come back to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City to prepare a potluck of Mississippi's finest ingredients for guest from across the world.
Mississippi roots blended with his classical French training, award winning Chef Nick Wallace took us behind the scenes just days before he is set to present his family farm upbringing to the table.
Wallace was selected by the prestigious James Beard Foundation in New York City, once again, to showcase a Mississippi menu.
Chef Nick Wallace said, "They called me last year and wanted me to do a Mississippi dinner. It couldn't have come at a better time for Mississippi. The name of my dinner is Mississippi Mama's Potluck. So, I'm doing it off of my mom and my grandmother because that's where it all started."
After much criticism has come to Mississippi following the recent passing of House Bill 1523, Chef Wallace has chosen to showcase a potluck meal to be perceived as variety molded into an exceptional whole.
Chef Wallace said, "It's all about family and it's all about working together and this dinner represents that. And that's why I picked 12 farms from Mississippi to highlight them."
Chef Wallace will overnight more than 200 ingredients to the Big Apple in coming days to use to tell his story.
Chef Wallace said, "I'm doing a six course meal and a three course appetizer. All of my ingredients come from Mississippi, so I'm shipping everything including goat and lamb. I'm dedicating this one to some old heritage recipes from my grandmother. I am starring the pickled fried chicken."
From New York residents to guests from around the world and food writers, Chef Wallace will present a menu native to his culture.
Chef Wallace said, "They come and they pay about $150 to sit at this dinner and the chef also has a chance to get up there and tell his story. So, I'll be able to tell a story at the beginning and at the end of the dinner."
The dinner which will be held April 13th is already sold out.
Chef Wallace added, "It's the culinary foundation you get to after your winnings out there in the world. That's somewhere you hope to end up and you hope they invite you."
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