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.
Marcus is the author of several cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning The Soul of a New Cuisine and Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. In addition to being a successful cookbook author, Marcus released his New York Times Bestseller and James Beard Award-winning memoir, Yes, Chef in 2012 to rave reviews. Marcus was the winner on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season Two as well as the second season of Chopped All-Stars. Marcus served as a recurring judge for Chopped, one of Food Network’s highest-rated series, and is a mentor on ABC’s The Taste, guiding a team of new culinary talent through a series of challenges.
In 2009, Marcus was selected as a guest chef at the White House under the Obama Administration, where he planned and executed the administration’s first state dinner honoring Prime Minister Singh of India. Marcus has several philanthropic projects including serving as a Unicef Ambassador, serving as a member of The US State Department’s Chef Corps and serving as a board member for the organization Careers through Culinary Arts Program, which works with public schools across the country to prepare underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As an international patron of the arts, Marcus is honored to be a board member for both The Apollo Theater and the Museum of Modern Art.
His iconic restaurant 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 the chef behind Norda Grill in Gothenburg Sweden, American Table and the Kitchen and Table concept; all partnered with Clarion Hotels. In the spring of 2015 Marcus looks forward to opening Streetbird Rotisserie, located in Harlem, and a restaurant at the Hamilton Princess hotel located on the island of Bermuda. Most recently, Samuelsson partnered with Mayor De Blasio, former President Bill Clinton and Tren’ness Wood-Black to announce Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival coming to Harlem, New York in May 2015.