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Marcus Samuelsson
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Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur & Author

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence. Marcus caught the attention of the culinary world at Aquavit. During his tenure as executive chef, he received an impressive three-star rating from the New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade.

In addition to being a successful cookbook author, Marcus released his New York Times Bestseller Yes, Chef in 2012 to rave reviews. He has been featured on a number of media platforms including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Martha Stewart Show, Today Show, Regis and Kelly and Charlie Rose. He was the winner on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season Two and serves as a recurring judge for Chopped, one of Food Network’s highest rated series with a following of over 20 million viewers a month. Marcus was also named the winner of the second season of Chopped All-Stars.

In 2009, Marcus was honored as a guest chef at the White House under the Obama Administration, where he planned and executed the administration’s first state dinner for the first family, Prime Minister Singh of India and 400 of their guests. He has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2000, focusing his advocacy on water and sanitation issues, specifically the Tap Project. Marcus also had the honor of speaking at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and TEDxHarlem in 2012. In the fall of 2012, Marcus was also named to the US State Department’s The American Chef Corps, a group of chefs committed to Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s message of “smart power” diplomacy, which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools, by utilizing food, hospitality and the dining experience as ways to enhance how formal diplomacy is conducted, cultivating cultural understanding and strengthening bilateral relationships through the shared experience of food.

His iconic Red Rooster Harlem celebrates the roots of American cuisine in one of New York City’s liveliest and culturally rich neighborhoods. It has earned two-stars from the New York Times and countless accolades for its food, style and connection to the community. Named the Best Neighborhood Joint by Time Out New York, Red Rooster continues to amaze Harlem with the opening of its downstairs supper club Ginny’s.

Marcus is also a co-founder of – a website for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart.

Entries by Marcus Samuelsson

Cooking Up Solutions to Undernourishment in America and Beyond

(7) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:04 PM

This Thanksgiving, millions of U.S. families are anticipating the comforting meals to come. But the holiday is also a reminder that insufficient access to adequate food -- otherwise known as food insecurity -- still plagues vast numbers of people around the world. As someone who cooks for a living, I'm...

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Need a Path to Prosperity? Try Cutting Through the Kitchen

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 1:14 PM


As the new hit movie, Inside Out, so powerfully illustrates, being a kid is tough. You have all these emotions, you don't know what to do with them and that's even before puberty kicks in and your hormones go beserk. As I describe...

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A Great Chef, a Better Man

(4) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 3:47 PM

I met Charlie Trotter before I actually saw him in person; I was 24 when I first opened the pages of Charlie's cookbook Charlie Trotter's and was greeted by a man I would know and admire for the next 20 years. The first words Charlie spoke to me, through that...

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Lunch Monitor: Helping Your Child Eat Better in School

(4) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 4:07 PM

I was recently a part of an event that set the world record for the most number of kids cooking with their parents. Having cooked with my Grandmother Helga growing up, I loved seeing so many parents instilling interest and enthusiasm for cooking with their kids. However, one comment I...

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Is Your Child the Next Great Chef?

(6) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Don't worry, I'm not trying to put pressure on you! I'm a firm believer that people find their own passions. In fact, my mother would be the first to say that being a chef was the last occupation she would've ever pushed me towards for the simple fact that she...

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Secrets of a Skinny Chef

(14) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 12:38 PM

They say never trust a skinny chef, but the fact is, to stay healthy when you're a chef means you have to work twice as hard. People come up to me all the time and ask how I stay the way I am, and it's no secret. The first lesson...

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Diversity, Drive and Determination in the Kitchen

(34) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:11 AM

It's not uncommon that people will ask me which black chefs I admire -- that answer is easy. Patrick Clark, the venerated chef of New York's Odeon and Tavern on the Green; Sylvia Woods, my Red Rooster neighbor who was and still is a part of this Harlem...

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Chickpeas, The Other White Bean

(90) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 9:53 AM

For those of you who read or follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you know that I post a Meatless Monday recipe at the beginning of every week. But what you may not know is that Meatless Monday isn't just a clever hashtag...

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10 Recipes, 10 Ways To Deliciously Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

(16) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday -- it's a day that's American to the core and it's a day that's all about what and how we eat.

I learned from my grandmother, who grew up in devastating war times, how important it is to keep with tradition...

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Eat Globally, Eat Better!

(22) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:41 PM

I was honored to spend a few hours at the Huffington Post Oasis at the RNC and DNC these past two weeks, talking about how to eat globally to eat better. I couldn't have asked for a better response from both those who came up to...

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Banning "Healthy Food" From Our Diet

(221) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 4:50 PM

Here's a thought: what if we ban the word "healthy food" from our culinary vocabulary? I'm not talking about banning foods that are considered healthy. I'm talking about changing the way we think about food overall.

Our country is in the midst of a cataclysmic health crisis, much of...

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"Yes, Chef": Recipes from a Tasty Journey

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 12:29 PM

My journey as a chef can be traced in ways that not only pays homage to the food I eat but by the people who introduced me to a diverse world of flavors that I use in my recipes today. There was Helga, my grandmother, who shaped my resourcefulness and...

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Is That Your Baby? Growing Up a Child of White Parents

(266) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 10:14 AM

One of the reasons I wanted to write my memoirs is that besides talking about food, the other thing I am most often asked about is adoption. The journey into adoption started for my parents, as it does with so many families: my mother and father desperately wanted...

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Skip Lunch Fight Hunger

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 10:59 AM

I'm lucky to live in New York, a city that offers so many options for lunch. I can pick up dumplings from a Midtown food truck, grab empanadas by the dozen in Spanish Harlem or get a fantastic bowl of ramen in the East Village. We have food from practically...

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Everything's Tastier in Texas

(15) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 12:48 AM

This weekend I'm headed to the Austin Food & Wine Festival, and I couldn't be more excited to see what's happening there. It's Food & Wine's first-ever food fest in the Texas capital, happening on the heels of SXSW and a few months before Austin City Limits (the...

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8 Recipes to Perfect Your Brunch Skills

(10) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 12:11 PM

With Easter and Mother's Day just around the corner, you know nothing says "Happy Easter" or "Thank you for taking care of me, Mom" quite like a happy brunch between family and friends. It's no wonder that New York City is known as the "Brunch Capital of the U.S" since...

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8 Recipes for the Best Workout

(8) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 11:32 AM

Just like keeping a healthy diet is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating the right foods is just as important for getting the most out of your workout. While keeping active is a major aspect of staying fit, what you use for fuel definitely factors in.

It's key to...

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5 Elegant Dishes With Simple Ingredients

(5) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Since this winter hasn't been all that harsh in most parts of the US, we can't resort to our usual heavy winter classics. But that doesn't mean we should neglect our favorite winter ingredients. Cooking seasonally is not only great for the environment (since it requires less travel and chemical...

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Savoring Harlem: Watching the New Harlem Renaissance Come Alive

(27) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 10:11 AM

As the famous Langston Hughes poem entitled "Harlem" starts, "What happens to a dream deferred?" many often think that the line refers to Harlem itself. That somehow some grandiose dream of what Harlem was or could be has withered or in this case "dried up like a raisin in the...

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The Music of Cal Massey

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Throughout much of February, Harlem becomes alive with much appreciation towards Black History Month. Among those greats whose lives are constantly celebrated in Harlem through monuments and such are the likes of Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, and Malcolm X. But there is one African American notable that is not often...

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