33 Facts About Marcus Samuelsson

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Marcus Samuelsson was born on Kassahun Tsegie; Amharic: 25 January 1971 and is an Ethiopian-born Swedish-American celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality.

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Marcus Samuelsson is the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York.

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Marcus Samuelsson's father, Tsegie, is an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church priest.

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Marcus Samuelsson's mother died in a tuberculosis epidemic when he was three years old.

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Marcus Samuelsson apprenticed in Switzerland and Austria then came to the United States in 1994 as an apprentice at Restaurant Aquavit.

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At 24, Marcus Samuelsson became executive chef of Aquavit and soon afterwards became the youngest ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times.

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Marcus Samuelsson is a Visiting Professor of International Culinary Science at the Umea University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts in Sweden.

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Marcus Samuelsson's cooking combines international influences with traditional cuisines from Sweden to Japan and Africa.

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On 24 November 2009, Marcus Samuelsson served as the guest chef for the first state dinner of the Barack Obama presidency.

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10.

Marcus Samuelsson reportedly sought to combine sustainable and regional foods which reflect the best in American cuisine yet evoke the flavors of India.

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11.

Harvesting fresh vegetables and herbs from the White House Garden, Marcus Samuelsson included red lentil soup, roasted potato dumplings, and green curry prawns on his menu.

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12.

Marcus Samuelsson is an advisor to The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.

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13.

In spring 2015, Marcus Samuelsson opened his second Harlem restaurant, Streetbird Rotisserie, a kitchenette with a menu inspired by cookouts focusing on fried and rotisserie chicken, and decor paying tribute to the hip-hop culture of Harlem.

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Marcus Samuelsson has been featured on television including on CNN, MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show; he has been a judge on Guy's Grocery Games Top Chef, Iron Chef USA, Iron Chef America, and Chopped making frequent guest appearances on Today.

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15.

Marcus Samuelsson previously hosted his own television shows, The Inner Chef and Urban Cuisine.

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16.

Marcus Samuelsson was a judge on the TV One show My Momma Throws Down.

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17.

Marcus Samuelsson won the competition, earning $115,000 for UNICEF's grassroots effort The Tap Project.

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18.

Marcus Samuelsson was eliminated in the fifth episode, finishing in sixth place.

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19.

Marcus Samuelsson was awarded the grand prize of $50,000 for his charity, the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.

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20.

Marcus Samuelsson is a regular guest judge on Food Network shows Chopped, Chopped Junior, Beat Bobby Flay, Cooks vs Cons, The Kitchen, and Star Plates.

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21.

On 28 June 2012, Marcus Samuelsson was the subject of an extensive interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR.

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22.

Marcus Samuelsson appeared on 8 October 2016 episode of the radio show Wait Wait.

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23.

Marcus Samuelsson appeared on the Another Round podcast in June 2017.

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24.

In 2016, Marcus Samuelsson began making occasional appearances in videos produced for BuzzFeed's Tasty video series mostly providing food demonstrations as well as making a guest appearance in an episode of BuzzFeed's flagship food series Worth It in a segment filmed at Red Rooster where his fried chicken was declared series creator Steven Lim's personal "Worth It winner".

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25.

In May 2017, Marcus Samuelsson appeared in the final episode of Undercover Boss to find and mentor new culinary talent.

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26.

On October 13,2020, Marcus Samuelsson was introduced as the global brand advisor for Bon Appetit.

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27.

In July 2018, Marcus Samuelsson premiered a six-part series called No Passport Required on PBS.

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28.

Marcus Samuelsson is both the host and executive producer of the series.

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29.

In 2012, Marcus Samuelsson released Yes, Chef a memoir co-written with journalist Veronica Chambers about Marcus Samuelsson's early life and trajectory to becoming a chef.

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30.

In interviews about the book, Marcus Samuelsson describes the book as a means to share the Black experience in food history.

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31.

Marcus Samuelsson serves on the board at City Harvest and serves as co-chair of the board of directors for Careers Through Culinary Arts Program.

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32.

Marcus Samuelsson has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2000, and he and his wife are the co-founders of the Three Goats Organization.

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33.

Marcus Samuelsson is a keen football fan and an avid supporter of Arsenal FC.

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