Marcus Samuelsson

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  • James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Restaurateur
  • TV Personality and Host, VOX/Eater's 'No Passport'
  • New York Times Bestselling Author, 'Yes, Chef', 'Make it Messy', and More
  • Entrepreneur and Founder, Food Republic



Acclaimed chef, restaurateur, New York Times bestselling author, and beloved TV host Marcus Samuelsson inspires audiences with his powerful storytelling and engaging cooking demos. Samuelsson is the chef behind many renowned restaurants worldwide, including Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P. He was the youngest person ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including “Best Chef: New York City.” Samuelsson is also the author of multiple books including the New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef – which The New York Times called “one of the great culinary stories of our time,” Make It Messy, The Red Rooster Cookbook, and his latest groundbreaking cookbook The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food. Through his insightful conversations and thoroughly delightful live demos, Samuelsson offers uplifting, entertaining, and though-provoking experiences that resonate with audiences of all kinds.

Samuelsson was crowned champion of the TV shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All-Stars, and served as a mentor on ABC’s The Taste. His PBS series No Passport Required celebrates the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisine woven into American food and culture. A committed philanthropist, he co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem. Samuelsson serves as a UNICEF Ambassador, a member of the U.S. State Department’s Chef Corps, and as the co-chairman for the organization Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. He 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. For his sought-after programs, Samuelsson receives consistent rave reviews: ”Wow! You were utterly amazing. Added such depth and perspective. We can't thank you enough! Hope you'll join another at some point in the future” (Crain’s New York Business) and ”Marcus was thoughtful, personable, and left us wanting more!” (Kraft Heinz Company)

 

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Wow! You were utterly amazing. Added such depth and perspective. We can't thank you enough! Hope you'll join another at some point in the future.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Marcus Samuelsson
  • Thuzio
  • A Financial Institution
  • Kraft Heinz Company
  • Whole Foods
  • New York Public Library
  • Crain’s New York Business
  • TimesTalks
  • Talks at Google
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Cooking and Conversation with Marcus Samuelsson

James Beard Award-winning chef and Owner of the famed Red Rooster Marcus Samuelsson loves to cook for a crowd. Samuelsson expertly balances an insightful and inspiring moderated conversation with an interactive live cooking demo, engaging audiences of all kinds. This unique and memorable format can ...

James Beard Award-winning chef and Owner of the famed Red Rooster Marcus Samuelsson loves to cook for a crowd. Samuelsson expertly balances an insightful and inspiring moderated conversation with an interactive live cooking demo, engaging audiences of all kinds. This unique and memorable format can be programmed in person or virtually.

Virtual Interactive Cooking Demos with Chef Marcus Samuelsson

James Beard Award-winning Chef and Owner of the Red Rooster Marcus Samuelsson loves to cook for a crowd. In his virtual cooking demonstrations he shows guests how to make something for a special occasion or how to upgrade that cozy Tuesday night supper - even if using ingredients you have in your fr ...

James Beard Award-winning Chef and Owner of the Red Rooster Marcus Samuelsson loves to cook for a crowd. In his virtual cooking demonstrations he shows guests how to make something for a special occasion or how to upgrade that cozy Tuesday night supper - even if using ingredients you have in your fridge.  Marcus can share the recipes and ingredients in advance so guests can cook along.  Cooking and chatting with Samuelsson feels like having a friend in your kitchen, and is a special treat for your guests.

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Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovere ...

Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up.

In this inspiring speech, Samuelsson shares his remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four.

But Samuelsson’s career of “chasing flavors,” as he calls it, had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. The audience experiences a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.

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<p><strong>Success Story: Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson delivers an incredible program with his inspiring conversations and entertaining live cooking demos</strong></p>

Success Story: Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson delivers an incredible program with his inspiring conversations and entertaining live cooking demos

James Beard award-winning chef MARCUS SAMUELSSON offers a marvelous program balancing inspiring moderated conversation with a highly engaging live cooking demo, receiving rave reviews. Whether the event is programmed in person or virtually, the acclaimed chef and owner of multiple lauded restaurants including Red Rooster Harlem inspires and entertains audiences of all kinds. As one host raved, “You were utterly amazing. Added depth and perspective. We can’t thank you enough!” (Crain’s New York Business) In a recent program for a major financial institution, Samuelsson shared his journey – from his childhood in Ethiopia, to growing up with his adopted family in Sweden, to becoming a globally renowned culinary thought leader – offering insights about the determination, following your passion, and celebrating culture through food. He then seamlessly transitioned to a thoroughly delightful live cooking demo, engaging the audience and offering a memorable and interactive session.

The beloved host of No Passport Required expertly delivers this unique format, making a major impact. The host raved, “Marcus delivered an amazing session! His conversation with our moderator was fluid and insightful. Marcus opened up for Q&A at the end of the presentation and we had really great engagement from the audience as well. With our event including a lot of business content, the session was a perfect way to mix things up and keep our audience engaged.”

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<p>Marcus Samuelsson shares <span>his struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world</span></p>

Marcus Samuelsson shares his struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world

MARCUS SAMUELSSON was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up.

Samuelsson shares his remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four.

But Samuelsson’s career of “chasing flavors,” as he calls it, had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. The audience experiences a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.

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Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author, and Co-Owner of Red Rooster Harlem

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, MARCUS Montreal, and Marcus B&P, and Red Rooster Overtown in Miami. Samuelsson was the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. He was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and was the winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste. Samuelsson received the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Personality for his TV series titled No Passport Required with VOX/Eater and he is an executive producer of Viceland’s show HUSTLE.

He currently serves as Executive Chef-in-Residence of Buzzfeed Tasty’s talent program. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson is co-chair of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) which focuses on underserved youth. Samuelsson also co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which celebrated the food, art, and culture of Harlem for the sixth year in a Telethon special on ABC. He is the recipient of the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prize in Culinary Arts, awarded to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American Society. He is the author of multiple books including The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem and his newest cookbook, The Rise, is out now.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Samuelsson converted his restaurants Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus B&P in Newark, and Red Rooster Overtown in Miami into community kitchens in partnership with World Central Kitchen, serving well over 200,000 meals to those in need. Marcus is also the founder of the Marcus Samuelsson Group (MSG), which works to maintain Samuelsson's culinary and cultural pillars, creating outstanding experiences that celebrate food, music, culture, and art in all its endeavors from high-end restaurants and fast-casual cafes to media and experiential events. He has an audio project with Audible, titled Our Harlem, and his recent podcast titled This Moment with Swedish rapper Timbuktu is out now. 

Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @MarcusCooks.