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Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce
 

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Association for Financial Professionals
 
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Marcus Samuelsson
Owner, Red Rooster
James Beard Award-Winning Chef
 
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.

In addition to being a successful cookbook author, Marcus released his New York Times Bestseller Yes, Chef in 2012 to rave reviews.
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Yes, Chef

“One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times  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.
 

Accolades & Praise


New York Public Library

How WONDERFUL it was to have Marcus Samuelsson here--I loved every moment of his passage here--from the arrival to going to the Special Collections (I hope you will be able to return) to of course our moment on stage together, the joy and strength of Marcus' vision, the intelligence, seriousness and soul of his responses, the humor as well. I was most grateful.

Crain’s New York Business

 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.
 

Notable Works


 
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Yes, Chef: A Memoir
 
 
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The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa
 
 
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New American Table
 
 
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Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine
 
 
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Discovery Of A Continent - Foods, Flavors, And Inspirations From Africa
 
 

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