A pioneer in the worlds of food, media, and fashion, Chef Marcus Samuelsson draws upon his Swedish and Ethiopian roots in the kitchen. His robust use of spice comes from his Ethiopian heritage, and his appreciation of fresh, local foods comes from growing up in Sweden, under the tutelage of the chef grandmother.
Samuelsson was named “Best Chef: New York” by the James Beard Foundation in 2003, and was awarded James Beard’s “Best International Cookbook” in 2006. In 2012, he released his New York Times best-selling (and another James Beard award-winning) memoir, “Yes, Chef.” His Harlem restaurant Red Rooster opened to rave reviews in 2010 and continues to be one of New York’s hottest tables — and he just expanded his Harlem presence with the super hip and casual Streetbird Rotisserie in 2015. In addition to being a mainstay on many popular TV shows, Marcus won Season 2 of Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters, as well as the second season of Chopped All-Stars.