Marcus Samuelson is an internationally renowned chef who has surprised the culinary world with his exceptional ability to fuse different cultural influences in his food.
When Marcus was three, his parents adopted him and his sister from Ethiopia and raised them in Gothenburg. His parents encouraged them to develop their talents without regard to cultural differences, and this encouragement paid off. As Managing Director of Manhattan’s Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit, Marcus received several four-star ratings from Forbes and became the youngest chef to receive three-star reviews from the New York Times.
Marcus continues to break new ground by fusing different ethnic foods and enriching conversations about food and culture. He has written a collection of successful cookbooks, including Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine and The Soul of a New Cuisine. They have garnered a number of awards from the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.
Marcus documented his journey to local farms and kitchens across America in his latest bestselling cookbook, New American Table, which went on to receive numerous recognitions. The book was named one of the best cookbooks in 2010 by Epicurious.com and received a special jury award from Gourmand. It was also nominated for the Best American Cookbook award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Marcus has been featured in the media several times. He has appeared on Iron Chef, The Martha Stewart Show, The Today Show and Inner Chef. Most notably, he beat 21 other chefs in the second season of Bravo’sTop Chef Masters to win $115,000 for UNICEF’s Tap Project. He also collaborated with AOL to create KitchenDaily.com, where he provides culinary tips to millions of readers bi-monthly.
Marcus was recently honored as Guest Chef at the White House for President Obama’s first state dinner welcoming Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Currently, Marcus is developing Red Rooster, a restaurant in Harlem, New York. The restaurant celebrates the roots of American cuisine in one of New York’s liveliest and culturally rich neighborhoods.