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Engage Announces Partnership with The Connect Group

  • By Lauren
  •  Jan 18, 2021

As 2021 kicks off, Engage is thrilled to announce a new partnership with The Connect Group, a full-service culinary marketing agency specializing in connecting audiences through strategic food, beverage & lifestyle initiatives.

The Connect Group partners with brands, talent and media companies to leverage the medium of food, reaching food-connected audiences through strategic culinary programming, activations, sponsorships and marketing campaigns. This partnership offers a unique opportunity for organizations to interact with audiences through food as the primary connection point. 

Below are two premier chefs from the partnership:

Marc Forgione

Chef Marc Forgione is the chef/owner of Restaurant Marc Forgione and Peasant and is the co-owner/partner of Khe-Yo. He began his career at the age of 16, joining his father, Larry Forgione (a culinary legend who revolutionized American-style cooking in the '70s and '80s), in the kitchen at An American Place.

In 2010, Chef Forgione won season 3 of Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef” at just 31 years old, making him the youngest winner in the show’s history, and went on to compete as one of the seven Iron Chefs on “Iron Chef America.” That same year, Forgione was named "Rising Star Chef of the Year" by StarChef. In addition, Chef Forgione received a two-star review from The New York Times for Restaurant Marc Forgione.

Outside of the kitchen, Chef Forgione is the Author of the praised cookbook, "Marc Forgione: Recipes & Stories from the Acclaimed Chef and Restaurant." In addition to supporting numerous NYC charities, Chef Forgione is a Chef Ambassador for Chefs for Kids Cancer, City Harvest, and Feeding America.

Michelle Bernstein

Chef Michelle Bernstein, a Miami native, is one of the most influential and iconic chefs in South Florida. Her culinary inspiration is drawn from the discipline of her ballet background, her cultural roots and upbringing, her travels around the world and family recipes.

Michelle is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South, 2008. Her incredible talent and personality has taken her outside the kitchen and into the world of books and television, she is the author of Cuisine a Latina (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008), Host of Check Please South Florida (WPBT2) and Host of Soflo Taste (Channel 10).

Outside of the kitchen, Michelle dedicates time to Common Threads, an after- school program for underprivileged kids, and regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America.

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