When you think of the world’s great chefs, right at the top of that list sits the name Marcus Samuelsson. As a multiple James Beard Award Winner (Rising Chef, Best International Cookbook, Best Chef in New York), youngest chef to ever receive a 3 star review from the NY Times while executive chef at Aquavit, and acclaimed author and TV Personality, Marcus has placed himself at the top of the culinary kingdom with a budding restaurant empire and incomparable brand. He cooked President Obama’s first state dinner at the President’s request, has won Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Chopped All Stars” (With both he donated money to charity!), is frequently featured on television including on CNN, MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, as a judge on Top Chef and Iron Chef America, Chopped, and makes frequent guest appearances on Today. He previously hosted his own television shows, The Inner Chef and Urban Cuisine. Now with his incredible new memoir ‘Yes, Chef!”, Marcus Samuelsson has proven that he is not only one of the world’s foremost voices and talents in the kitchen, but a NY Times Bestselling Author with a story of survival, discovery, humility, and accomplishment that should make him a role model for everyone of what it takes to achieve your dream!
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the incomparable Marcus Samuelsson in NYC to talk about the release of his incredible new memoir “Yes Chef!”, how is mother saved his and his sister’s life by walking 75 miles to a hospital with all of them sick with Tuberculosis, meeting his biological father in Ethiopia, how cooking with his Grandmother Helga inspired him to become a world class chef, revitalizing Harlem with “The Rooster” (The slang name we use for his acclaimed “Red Rooster”), his friendship with President Bill Clinton, what is was like cooking President Obama’s first state dinner, and sooo much more!! Marcus’ story and memoir are incredible, so it was an honor to be able to sit down and chat with him. Enjoy Kade Nation!
Here is some of Marcus’ recent TV Press as well including NBC’s Today Show and CBS This Morning!
And for more Marcus, here is the extended, unedited interview with me!