New Classes & Celebs at Viking Cooking School Plus 10 Questions with Chef Malcolm Mitchell

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June is shaping up to be an exciting month at Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

The school is in the process of introducing seven new classes, three of which, Date Night: Playing With Fire, Vegas Steakhouse, and Girls’ Night Out: Bahama Mamas, are on this month’s calendar.

Three celebrity chefs will get into the kitchen and host their very own classes including Chef Sam DeMarco of the popular Sammy D’s at Harrah’s. Sammy will teach lucky students the secret to creating mouthwatering appetizers including his popular Cheese Steak Dumplings, Spicy Chicken Drumettes, and Pork Eggrolls. Cocktails And Cravings: Keepin’ It Hot! With Celebrity Chef Sammy D will happen on June 29th at 6:30 p.m. Sign up here!

Chef Chris Nirschel from last season of Food Network Star will also make a stop at Viking to host Cocktails and Cravings: Italian 101. Perfect meal and outing (and eye candy…yeah, we said it) for a girls night out. And another Food Network Star chef from the current season, Malcolm Mitchell, will show you Viking groupies some Southern Specialties on June 17th. Attendees of this special class are in for some even more VIP treatment after the class as all are invited to a special screening of Malcolm in action on the show.

Malcolm Mitchell

We actually chatted it up with Chef Malcolm recently and this is what he had to say:

TAC: We currently know you from season 8 of The Next Food Network Star. I know you can’t say much since the show is still airing, but share one of your best experiences of the show with us.

Malcolm Mitchell: My Best Experience was the opportunity to work with Bobby Flay.

TAC: You have cooked on television and also have a culinary show on talk radio, “Choppin It Up With The Chef” on Radio One. Which do you prefer?

Malcolm Mitchell:  I prefer TV, they get to see me and my style of food. Gives me an opportunity to connect with my audience.

TAC: What inspires you in creating new dishes?

Malcolm Mitchell: A lot of things inspire me, specifically on the show it was my mother being from Charleston, SC. That is also my inspiration for my 1st restaurant. As I travel, I get inspired as well. The need for someone to enjoy my food is another I must add.

TAC: You draw from so many different cuisine types in your cooking. What flavor combination that you created are you most proud of and why?

Malcolm Mitchell: Yes and that is due to being a Personal Chef, having to meet so many requests. From the show I must say on Episode 3 my Cognac, Pineapple Flambe’ with Chipotle Chocolate Sauce and Toasted Coconut. This was definitely an inspiration from my mom, she would always make pineapple & coconut flavored tea, etc.

TAC: What are your top five favorite meals of all time?

Malcolm Mitchell: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna, Chilean Sea Bass w/ a Tomato Basil Ragu, and A GOOD STUFF BURGER.

TAC: What are some must have ingredients everyone should always keep stocked in their kitchen?

Malcolm Mitchell: Garlic, Fresh Herbs, Lucini Olive Oil and Delverde Pasta.

TAC: Give us a little sneak peak on what students can expect from your class at The Viking School.

Malcolm Mitchell: High Energy, lots of fun with simple and soulful recipes.

TAC: What food and/or restaurants are you excited to try during your stay here in AC?

Malcolm Mitchell:  Luke Palladino’s  I like a lot. After reading the reviews I think I may try Atlantic Grill in Caesars.

TAC: You also do a lot of work against child obesity and even developed a school lunch service program called “Brian Food” that keeps nutritionally balanced meals in schools. What are the top key points parents should keep in mind when preparing every day meals for their children?

Malcolm Mitchell: Try to use the freshest ingredients,  make food fun so they want to try it, and stay away from fast food as much as possible.

TAC: And something else you do in your “spare time” -you are also a personal chef for celebs. Can you tell us the most elaborate menu you put together for a celebrity?

Malcolm Mitchell:  Don Julio’s Brand Menu:

1st Course

Chilled Borracho Shrimp with Micro Green Salad Heirloom Yellow Tomatoes & Grilled Tomato Tequila Puree

Main Course

Pan Roasted Marinated Baby Lamb Chops with Don Julio Reposado Garlic Cilantro Sauce


Southwestern Petit Crab Cakes w/Herb Remoulade

Accompanied With

Garlic Yucca Mash

Steamed Spring Vegetable Bundle

Dessert Course

Tres Tequila Cake with AgaveCarmelGrilled Glazed Pineapple

Hazelnut Ice Cream & Toasted Coconuts

(With Infused Shot Provided By Mixologist)


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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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