Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. A committed philanthropist; and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and served as a mentor on ABC’s The Taste. Samuelsson co-produced Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival launched in Harlem, New York in 2015, and he is also the founder of the website Food Republic. He is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, the young adult version, Make It Messy, Marcus Off Duty, and his newest cookbook, The Red Rooster Cookbook being released in October 2016. He has recently announced the opening of a new restaurant at MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, DC at the end of 2016 and the opening of Red Rooster Shoreditch in East London. In May 2016, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine? Cooking with my grandmother in her kitchen. That's where I learned to work with all parts of the fish and all types of pickling. It's also where I learned the recipe for the best Swedish Meatballs. My favorite SOBEWFF® memory is: I love working with the students that come back every year and volunteer. Sometimes I meet the same students year after year and it's amazing to see how they grow. Another charity/non-profit cause important to me is: C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) is an amazing non-profit that I've supported for years. We work to provide at-risk youth with the resources they need to succeed in the professional culinary industry. We provide everything from cooking and knife skills to interviewing tips and a career center that helps students secure internships and jobs in some of the best kitchens in the country and the world. If I could collaborate with anyone in the world on a project, it would be: Prince I never leave home without my: Cell phone