BBQ Bootcamp with a Top Chef Master

Marcus Samuelsson, the recently crowned Top Chef Masters Winner in the second installment of the Bravo culinary competition is headed home to Chicago to host a BBQ Bootcamp with fellow executive chef Nicole Pederson, and pastry chef Toni Roberts. Following in the footsteps of season 1 winner Rick Bayless, Samuelsson is the second restaurateur to rep Chicago by winning the hit show.

Samuelsson and the C-House Fish and Chops team are hosting the second annual open-air grilling competition on June 26-27. Located on the 29th floor of scenic rooftop lounge C-View, guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, lessons in North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee style barbecue, and smoky savories prepared by the chefs themselves. Once the grilling is complete, guests can bask in the sun and mingle with the chefs for an intimate post-show meet & greet session while indulging in more of the freshly grilled BBQ fare.

Seating is extremely limited and early-purchase is highly recommended. Tickets to BBQ Bootcamp on Saturday, June 26 or Sunday, June 27 may be purchased by contacting Marketing Manager Bridget Machalinski at 312.787.3510 or by inquiring at Tickets are priced at $75 per guest, including all food and beverage, tax, gratuity and a gift bag.

Guests also have the option to extend their foodie experience with the BBQ Bootcamp package at the Affinia hotel. This special overnight offer includes two tickets to BBQ Bootcamp (guests’ choice of date pending availability), an autographed copy of Samuelsson’s acclaimed New American Table cookbook, 20% off dinner at C-House and comfortable guestroom accommodations in an Affinia room customized exclusively for you. Rates start at $339/night; valid for stays from June 26-28, 2010; Call 866.246.2203 to book and mention code BBQOFF.

There’s nothing better than eating like a champ and cooking like one.
June 26-27, noon-2 p.m., $75-$339

166 East Superior St. 312.523.0923.