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‘Celebrity Chef Nickey’ impresses BGC staff and will cook for Gladys Knight

When Gladys Knight comes to town, you better serve her some soul food.

Chef Nickey Alexander intends to do just that, after wowing Boys and Girls Club staff with some incredible dishes on Monday.

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC) is hosting An Evening with Gladys Knight on Saturday, July 16 at Overture Center, followed by the annual All White Party with musical guest Dru Hill. Madison365 is proud to be a media partner of the event. Tickets are still available.

Alexander, who goes by the well-deserved nickname Celebrity Chef Nickey, was visiting Madison, where she once lived and where several of her adult children still live, last week. She was bringing her grandchildren home from a visit to her home in Springfield, Illinois, where she owns and operates Nickey’s Southern Style Kitchen.

While here she received a notification that she had been tagged in a social media post – Boys and Girls Club of Dane County was looking for a chef to meet the needs of celebrities who will entertain at its major fundraiser this weekend, including Gladys Chevalier, Dru Hill, After 7 and more.

In an interview with Madison365, Alexander said she knew she had to go. She found the BGCDC office address on Google and stopped by, spoke with Chief Operating Officer Laura Ford Harris and arranged a tasting for Monday.

“I said if you’re basing it on the tasting, you might have to prep your pen because it’s done after the tasting,” Alexander said.

She was right – Michael Johnson, CEO of BGCDC published on facebook that nine staff members who tasted his food were blown away.

” He tried. He said, ‘Man, you are the truth. It’s more than amazing. I have never eaten red beans and rice taste like that, ”recalls Alexander.

A plate of food from the tasting at the BGCDC. Photo courtesy of Michael Johnson.

Gladys and the other musicians, along with other local personalities, will enjoy baked chicken thighs, green vegetables, smoked turkey, homemade macaroni and cheese, candied yams, grilled salmon, catfish fried, barbecued short ribs, kidney beans and rice-wrapped shrimp in a creamy sauce. oatmeal, peach cobbler and “my infamous cornbread”.

If all this sounds good, you might be able to try it out sometime soon – Alexander is moving his restaurant to Los Angeles to be closer to his eldest son, ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ actor Rome Flynn, but is also looking to open a Wisconsin location soon.

Chef Nickey Alexander with his son, actor Rome Flynn.

Alexander has built a reputation as a celebrity chef over a long culinary career.

“I guess if you count my kids, I’ve been a chef for over 30 years,” she said. “But cooking for other people, over 20 years.” Some of these “other people” have included Viola Davis, Nicole Wallace, Trina the Rockstar, Kevin Campbell and many more.

But it’s not just about the red carpet — Alexander said she’s also fed homeless people in Springfield and elsewhere, and is happy to cook for those who appreciate good southern cuisine.

“Anyone who wants to try my amazing food is okay with me,” she said.

Tickets for the Gladys Knight concert with After 7 and the All White Party with Dru Hill and many celebrity guests are still available.