Breeders’ Cup brings in 8 celebrity chefs for VIP visitors

by Kaitlin Rust, WAVE 3 News

At Churchill Downs, the higher you go, the more exclusive it gets.

The view from Millionaires’ Row at Churchill Downs.

The views are great from spots like Millionaires Row, but that’s not all you’ll find.

Try and find Churchill’s best kept secret. You won’t. Situated at on the 6th floor, The Mansion is only for the VIPS of VIPs–and famous chefs like Masaharu Morimoto.

Chef Morimoto showed everyone how to properly prepare a 220 pound tuna brought from Japan, and gave everyone a taste of Carpaccio.

He’s been to a few Breeders’ Cups and found a love of the sport.

World-renowned chef Masaharu Morimoto and a very large tuna.

“I became a big fan of the horse racing,” said Morimoto. “Unfortunately, right now I don’t have any time or money to bet, but next time I’d do it.”

But if you go down a level or two, you’ll find some of the other great spots.

“The Breeders’ Cup and Churchill Downs are just game-changing in so many ways,” said Hugh Acheson. “They’re just after a great experience, and the chefs can add to that great experience.”

Acheson is one of the eight globally-recognized celebrity chefs that shared their signature flavors.

“We’re cooking up a storm for people and our food is situated all along every club level, so it’s pretty cool.”

For New York Chef Marc Forgione, it was his first time in Kentucky.

“You could feel it as soon as you walk in,” said Forgione. “You see everybody around, everybody’s dressed to the nines, you see the hats, everything that you see on TV and you hear about, now all of the sudden you’re her.”

Forgione paid tribute to Southern cooking–with his own twist.

“When you see multiple people come in for seconds and thirds, you’re doing all right,” said Forgione.

Speaking of twist, Anthony Lamas, owner of Seviche in Louisville, describes his food as flavored by heritage but sourced locally.

“I was flattered to be the local guy,” said Lamas. “It’s always great when we get to show a little bit of what Kentucky has offer and stay true to my flavors.”

With his restaurant already booked from the event, Lamas said the Cup is a great way to bring people to his city.