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- wining memoir Yes, Chef in 2012 to rave reviews and his young adult book, Make It Messy. Marcus was the winner on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters Season Two as well as the second season of Chopped All-Stars. Marcus 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, and as 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 the Co-Chairman 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. In Spring 2015 Marcus opened Streetbird Rotisserie, a chicken based walk-in restaurant with dining in and taking out. In 2015, Marcus partnered with the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club to open Marcus’, the signature restaurant at the Bermuda hotel. He is also the chef behind Norda Grill in Gothenburg Sweden, American Table and the Kitchen and Table concept; all partnered with Clarion Hotels.
Most recently, Samuelsson partnered with Krilitz and Company, with the support of Mayor De Blasio, former President Bill Clinton, and Tren’ness Woods-Black to co-Produce Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival in Harlem in May 2015, which returns for a second year in May 2016. Marcus has also announced the opening of a restaurant at National Harbor in Washington, DC in partnership with MGM Resorts to open in the second half of 2016.