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Macy's Announces Exclusive “Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique” Cookware Collection

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Macy's Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson's new cookware collection will be available exclusively at Macy's and on macys.com in September 2012</i> </p>

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Macy's Announces Exclusive “Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique” Cookware Collection09:00 EDT Wednesday, July 11, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Macy's (NYSE:M) today announced an exclusive cookware collaboration with celebrity chef and Macy's Culinary Council member, Marcus Samuelsson. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Samuelsson spent his adult years living and cooking in America where he was inspired by the country's eclectic cuisine composed of traditional foods from countless immigrant groups. His new cookware collection celebrates the nation's exciting and original cuisine with professional and versatile cookware pieces that are designed with ethnic cooking in mind. The “Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique” collection will launch in September 2012, exclusively at Macy's and on macys.com. "Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique" available exclusively at Macy's and on macys.com in September 2012 (Photo: Business Wire) “Marcus Samuelsson is one of the most innovative and recognizable chefs in the industry, with unparalleled culinary knowledge and a deep passion for cooking that continues to inspire our customers,” said Nancy Slavin, senior vice president of marketing for Macy's Private Brands. “Exceptionally designed, the Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique collection offers professional-level cookware that is essential for home cooks who want to create culinary magic in their own kitchens.” In collaboration with Macy's Culinary Council member and renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, the collection is an extension of Macy's exclusive Belgique cookware line. Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique features cast aluminum, a lightweight material with many cooking features similar to cast iron, including excellent heat conductivity, as well as an energy saving heat conductor. The nonstick interior ensures easy cleanup, while large, riveted, stainless steel handles add strength and stability. The collection offers a 10-piece cast aluminum cookware set, which includes 2-qt. and 3-qt. covered saucepans, 8-qt. covered stockpot with coordinating steamer insert, 8” and 10” fry pans and silicone trivet. Also available in cast aluminum are a 4-qt. Dutch oven, 4-qt. sauteuse and 8” fry pan. The cast aluminum items are complemented by essential cookware pieces, which are thoughtfully designed with ethnic cooking in mind. With curved sides that are ideal for stir-frying and sautéing, the carbon steel wok heats quickly and evenly and provides a side helper handle for easy lifting. The 12" restaurant-style fry pan is designed to go from stove top to oven and includes a heat-resistant removable silicone sleeve. A favorite for searing meats, the 11” cast iron grill pan's ridges lift food above fat for healthier cooking, while a durable finish eliminates the need to season the pan. Sure to be a favorite of home chefs who want professional results, the Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique collection ranges in price from $59.99 to $429.99 and will be available in 400 Macy's stores and on macys.com in September 2012. “As a proud member of the Macy's Culinary Council, I am thrilled to partner with Macy's on the Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique cookware,” said Samuelsson. “Home cooks can use this high-performance, stylish range to create everything from classic American favorites to the flavorful, ethnic dishes that embody our diverse culinary landscape.” For more information about Macy's Culinary Council, please visit macys.com/culinarycouncil. About Macy'sMacy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers. About Macy's Culinary CouncilMacy's Culinary Council is a national culinary authority comprising some of the nation's leading culinary masters, including Rick Bayless, Michelle Bernstein, Cat Cora, Tom Douglas, Todd English, Marc Forgione, Johnny Iuzzini, Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson, Tim Scott, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, Wolfgang Puck and Takashi Yagihashi. Launched in 2003, MCC's team of distinguished chefs serves to inspire the way Macy's customers shop, cook and eat at home. The chefs are both ambassadors and instructors, providing expert culinary advice and leading cooking demonstrations at Macy's stores, with the aim of teaching customers how to cook and shop like a master chef. About Marcus SamuelssonChef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally-acclaimed chef, author and philanthropist. Chef Samuelsson is the author of several award-winning cookbooks and the forthcoming memoir, “Yes, Chef.” Among his many accolades, Chef Samuelsson is the youngest chef to ever achieve two, three star reviews from “The New York Times” and he has been honored by the James Beard Foundation on multiple occasions including “Rising Star Chef” (1999), “Best Chef: New York City” (2003), “Best International Cookbook” (2007) and "Best Television Program" (for “Chopped” - 2012). In 2010, Chef Samuelsson beat out 21 fellow chefs on the second season of the television competition “Top Chef Masters” on Bravo, winning $115,000 for the UNICEF Tap Project. In December 2010, Samuelsson opened Red Rooster Harlem, later earning two stars from “The New York Times.” Other recent accolades Chef Samuelsson has achieved include being tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration's first State dinner; hosting the President at his own restaurant; and being named on the “International Best Dressed List 2011” in Vanity Fair magazine. In March, 2012, Chef Samuelsson opened Ginny's Supper Club in the space underneath Red Rooster Harlem. Chef Samuelsson is also committed to charitable endeavors, including C-CAP, Careers through Culinary Arts Program. In May of 2012, Chef Samuelsson won $50,000 for C-CAP when crowned “Chopped: All Stars” champion. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50337237&lang=en Macy?s, Inc.Julie Strider, 646-429-5213julie.strider@macys.comorKristina DeGrocco, 646-429-7470kristina.degrocco@macys.com