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Celebrity Chef and Detroit native Maxcel Hardy, professionally known as Chef Max, is continuing to expand his culinary brand with the launch of his new spice line, “Chef Max Signature Spices.” Chef Max combines his culinary knowledge of spices with his desire to create a complete all-in-one blend of spices curated with the inspiring home chef in mind.

Hardy is aware of the time and effort it takes to find the right combination of spices while developing his own recipes and used that experience as the basis to develop his own blend of spices.

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“I wanted to do it five years ago, but just trying to source all the varieties of flavors and spices was time-consuming, and I use several spices in one dish just to get the right flavor, and sometimes that can be frustrating. I am aware if I’m frustrated in the lack of spice blends as a professional, I know the novice to cooking should definitely feel the same.”

According to Hardy, taking the guesswork out and reinforcing the joy of cooking was also an inspiration in creating his spices.

“Let’s do something that sets our food apart before I had to make everything, but now with my spices, we are able to source one-stop spice blends that makes it easier not only for professional chefs to make great dishes but also for aspiring home chefs to make amazing dishes with cool alternatives when they’re cooking.” Hardy, continues.

“One of my favorites [that] I think most people will love is the S&P (salt and pepper) blend. Most recipes call for an S&P blend which equals a one to four blend of salt and pepper which most people who cook at home may not know, so this takes the guesswork out of the cooking experience.”

Hardy has a diverse background including his Caribbean roots, love of tacos and travels to Africa which all contributed to the development of the “collections”

Going back and forth to Africa over the last few years, I have fallen in love with the spices from there; however, it’s hard to source [those spices] here. And with the Caribbean line, it’s a homage to my roots and home. Lastly, anyone who knows me, knows I love tacos, so having a really dope taco seasoning was a must!”

“Ultimately, what I love about the spice line is it’s so varied that it provides great flavor for culinary creativity at home while still being healthy. All of my spices are no msg and no salt with the exception of the S&P Blend and the Citrus Sea Salt.”

The signature line will include five collections of spice blends (African, Caribbean, Latin, Low-Country and Essentials) all of which will be available at the initial launch.

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“We will initially launch nine spice blends; however, I anticipate growing the line upward towards thirty different blends across the spice collections and to include sauces toward mid-year,” said Hardy.

Chef Max Signature Spice Blends will be available for purchase beginning February 1, 2020, at or locally at COOP in the Detroit Shipping Company located at 474 Peterboro St., Detroit.

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Cooking with Amar'e

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An information-packed cooking guide filled with tempting recipes, co-written by New York Knicks’ power forward Amar’e Stoudemire, and his charismatic, world-class chef Maxcel Hardy.

New York Knicks captain Amar’e Stoudemire may be on fire when he’s on the court, but the nearly seven-foot-tall hoops star didn’t know the first thing about lighting a fire. When his personal chef Maxcel Hardy began giving him informal cooking lessons, the six-time NBA All-Star learned to become a comfortable, experienced cook able to whip up tasty, healthy dishes for his family.

Cooking with Amar’e is an engaging chronicle of their informal sessions—a unique, collaborative cookbook featuring stories, recipes, tips, advice, and instructions on cooking techniques, equipment, shopping, party planning, and preparation for home cooks of all levels. Comprehensive and convenient, it allows beginners and practiced cooks to hone their kitchen skills and master dishes at their own pace.

Here are more than 100 healthy recipes the whole family can enjoy, that blend French, Southern, Asian, and Caribbean traditions and flavors, and use ingredients from the local grocery store. In addition to these delicious dishes—some created by Hardy for his many celebrity clients and others based on the traditional Southern dishes both men enjoyed growing up—this straightforward guide is filled with savory personal anecdotes, from humorous stories of working together as Amar’e learned to cook, to Amar’e and Maxcel’s personal reminiscences.

Designed in an easy-to-follow and engaging format, illustrated with 75-100 full color photos, this practical and fun cookbook is sure to become a trusted favorite.

The Marley Coffee Cookbook

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From Bob Marley's son, Rohan Marley, and expert chef, Maxcel Hardy, comes The Marley Coffee Cookbook. This collection of recipes infuses incredible recipes with coffee for something truly unique.

Rohan Marley kicks off each chapter of The Marley Coffee Cookbook with anecdotes about growing up as the son of legendary musician Bob Marley, who to this day is revered by music lovers young and old. The chapter One Love, for instance, begins: "One Love is one of my father's biggest songs, and I wanted the coffee that I named One Love not just to be a standout single origin coffee, but to really resonate with people."

Chef Maxcel Hardy's flawless recipes and expert guidance on the best way to infuse a dish with coffee flavor make this book a very special addition to any cookbook collection. Hardy speaks to the importance of choosing a particular coffee to harmonize with certain foods, and he shows how easy it is to use coffee in a way that it brings out the best in everything from savory dishes to sweet treats.

There's a strong coffee connection for each dish, whether it is infused with a mocha theme or it rocks an espresso flavor. These are dishes you won't find anywhere else, to name a few:

  • Sweet potato waffles with a pecan coffee syrup
  • Grilled salmon with a coffee maple, and ginger glaze
  • Fried plantains with coffee sugar
  • Coffee spice blend-marinated lamb ribs with guava BBQ sauce

Grab your copy of The Marley Coffee Cookbook today, and try out these incredible foods that truly carry on the soul of Bob Marley.