Chef Marc Anthony Bynum has taken the culinary world by storm. From “chopping” through the competition on the Food Network to being featured on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, this loyal Long Island native is always crafting his next big move. The Best Of Everything New York (TBOENY) takes a look back at his early memories of food and finds out what’s next for this soulful sensation.
COVID-19 hasn’t sidelined Chef Marc Anthony Bynum. Virtual lessons, private events, and rebranding his signature brainchild have kept him quite busy during the first half of 2020. His New York hustle has him well-positioned to emerge as an industry trendsetter once the state moves into the final phases of recovery.
Marc’s introduction to cooking came at an early age. Sunday mornings before Church service, Marc helped his Mom prepare big brunches that included shrimp, grits, whipped eggs, and other classic favorites. Soon after, Marc and his sister took over Sunday night dinner duties for the family. They alternated every other Sunday and Marc became known for his one-pot-wonder of zucchini, squash, ground chicken, onions, peppers, and his favorite smattering of seasonings.
As a teenager in vocational school, Marc was able to explore cooking techniques and learned to tell stories through his creations. His hunger to be great at cooking also helped him find his voice through early bouts of depression. Cooking and creating was therapeutic for him and the personal care he takes with each plate is evident even today.
Most New Yorkers know Marc for his signature brand, Hush Bistro. In its previous incarnations in Farmingdale and Huntington, Hush was known for Marc’s version of American Soul. Cultures come together at Hush with fine dining and craft cocktails coupled with hip hop music and a relaxed vibe. Marc’s signature ribs were always on the menu and a new Hush location will be announced in the coming months.
Even prior to COVID-19 hitting New York, Marc was building his virtual and mobile presence. His concept creations business is growing nationally while he’s also busy at the local level providing signature dishes for private events. He hosts “Cooking In Color” shows on YouTube where he makes staples such as fried chicken, smoked ribeye, and ramen…and he’s even been done a Tedx Talk!
This Long Island native still looks forward to elevating the dining experience across the island. Once New York moves into final phases of recovery we can expect to see a lot more of Chef Marc Anthony Bynum around town. Check out some of Marc’s local favorites:
Best New York Spot for Families: Greenport Village, LI. Keep the kids busy with the Antique Carousel, Marina Boats, Museum, and famed eateries.
Best New York Food & Drink Experience: Crown Shy in FiDi. The experience is dope. Incredible menu, craft cocktails, amazing music and bright open spaces.