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LIVE with Kelly & Michael

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 5, 2015

Marcus Samuelsson appears LIVE on Kelly and Michael and makes a "Swediopian" Sweet Potato Mash

I had such a good time appearing on Kelly & Michael in Washington, DC last week. They challenged me to make a dish using the beautiful fall Sweet Potato. I went “Swediopian” with it, adding some Ethiopian Berbere, keeping it chunky, and serving it with Swedish Meatballs and a Raw Kale Salad. This side dish would be a great way to add some flavor to any fall meal. Try it for Thanksgiving for a new take on a classic.

Get the recipe for my Chunky Mashed Sweet Potatoes here!

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Parts Unknown: Ethiopia

By Raquel Jacquez | November 2, 2015


Thank you to CNN, Food Republic, and Tadias Magazine for giving me the opportunity to highlight the behind the scenes moments of Anthony Bourdain’s episode of “Parts Unknown” featuring Ethiopia at Ginny’s Supper Club a few weeks ago.

When the episode went live, Maya and I were thrilled at the response from viewers all over the world.  Thank you for your outpour of support and we hope that you enjoyed watching as we traveled throughout Ethiopia from Addis Adaba to Maya’s family’s village.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures from the filming of the episode.










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From a Chef’s Perspective: Marcus in Conversation with Tom Colicchio and Andrea Reusing at the New York Times’ Food for Tomorrow Conference

By Raquel Jacquez | October 22, 2015

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This week, chefs, activists, policymakers, farmers and journalists convened for the New York Times’ Food for Tomorrow Conference at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

In a conversation facilitated by Sam Sifton (New York Times food editor), with Tom Colicchio (Craft Restaurants and Co-Founder of Food Policy Action) and Andrea Reusing (Lantern and The Durham), Marcus discussed the divide between what comes out of urban America and what is in and of urban America, particularly when we think about food as an expression of art, culture and history.

Marcus first began thinking about this because he wanted to find purpose in being a chef in Harlem – a community where there is a huge divide between the pleasures of good food and access to a dining experience that celebrates the community’s art, history and culture. From the beginning, Marcus says, he was thinking about these dynamics when he opened Red Rooster.

As a result of the industrialized and modern food system, the working poor have gained the convenience of cheap food, but it has come with a price. Marcus believes that we have traded the convenience of cheap food for the basic skills of cooking and preparing foods. In other words, we now have an entire generation of people lacking the knowledge and skills needed to prepare food for themselves and are, instead, stuck in a food system that has removed agency by marketing cheap food that is conveniently making us sick. Whether or not this trade-off was an intentional decision we made, is not the point. The point is that we are facing major consequences as a result of the design of our food system and we have to begin to think about how to combat the challenges together, as a community. Tom Colicchio agreed with Marcus and added, “We need to educate a population. We are a generation removed from actually having any skills at all in the kitchen and knowing where food comes from.”

While we need radically different policies in our food system in order to create access to healthy foods for the working poor, there are significant solutions that we can implement in our own neighborhoods to change the way people are thinking about food. “My food memories growing up, aside from my family, come from the lunches that I had at school where I really actually started to develop a real sense of flavor because it was real food – not what we have right now,” says Marcus. Imagine if, as Marcus suggests, the lunchroom actually resembled the complexity of flavors in America’s diverse population and we were serving children real food while simultaneously educating them about how to prepare it.

“The beauty of America,” as Marcus points out, “is that we are so complex and so different. We are one of the few countries in the world that don’t have one food identity. That is the beauty and also the complexity.” By intentionally evoking interest in flavor and ingredients, we could potentially have a fully engaged population who is intrigued by real food and has baseline knowledge about the food system. A generation that can cook will raise the awareness that we need in order to prioritize what is important for the environment, our communities and ourselves.

You can view all of the videos from the New York Times’ Food for Tomorrow Conference here.

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Make it Messy

By Becca Cory | April 6, 2015

In this inspirational autobiography, world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. This young-adult edition is based on his highly praised adult memoir, Yes, Chef.

In this inspirational autobiography, world-famous chef Marcus Samuelsson tells his extraordinary story and encourages young people to embrace their mistakes and follow their dreams. This young-adult edition is based on his highly praised adult memoir, Yes, Chef.


This spring, I’ll be releasing a new book - Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life. The book is based on my memoir Yes, Chef! and geared towards young adults. By sharing the story of my journey through life and the food world, I hope to empower young people to embrace their mistakes and to follow their dreams, no matter what their aspirations are.

Make it Messy is the result of a lot of work by my team and the team over at Random House, as well as my friend Veronica Chambers. So far, the reception has been great; I can’t wait to see it hit stands! Make It Messy goes on sale on June 9th, but you can pre-order your copy on Amazon now.


Recap: Celebrating Chefs Deliver Anniversary with Citymeals

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 23, 2015

Celebrating Citymeals' Chefs Deliver

On Tuesday, February 17th, Chef Daniel Boulud, Herb Karlitz and I all helped Citymeals commemorate the first anniversary of Chefs Deliver by delivering meals to our homebound elderly neighbors in Harlem. The day’s menu was a collaboration between Chef Boulud and myself – fried yard bird, greens and grits plus apple and raspberry clafoutis.Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud celebrate Citymeal's' Chefs Deliver by bringing members of the Harlem elderly community freshly prepared meals.

We started the day off at Red Rooster, where we announced that tickets were officially on sale for Harlem EatUp! – a new, 4-day festival in May celebrating the food, culture, and community of one of my favorite NYC neighborhoods. Citymeals is one of two charity beneficiaries of the events, including:

  • Dinners: Come Dine In Harlem where acclaimed chefs will create distinctive dining experiences inspired by the unique feel today’s Uptown landscape.
  • Harlem Talks: Panel discussions featuring celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, artists and more, including Citymeals Co-Founder Gael Greene.
  • Culinary Demos: Fun chef-led events to teach you tricks of the trade, new cooking techniques, or how to make a new favorite dish.
  • Walk-Around Tastings: On Saturday, Harlem’s food, art and culture will converge in Morningside Park with The Stroll. Return the next day for A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem with fare inspired by the home of the “Gospel Brunch.”

Overall, the day was a huge success. Citymeals is an incredible organization – I’m proud to be one of their many supporters in the chef community. Stay tuned for more info on the Harlem EatUp! festival coming this spring!


Careers Through Culinary Arts Program Fundraiser

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 20, 2015

Your Favorite Cooking Videos

Your Favorite Cooking Videos

I first began my career as a chef at a local culinary school in Sweden. I’ve come a long way since then, but I will never forget how I got started…that’s why I’m so proud to be involved with Careers Through Culinary Arts. The program hugely impacts the lives of underserved teenagers by helping them build careers in the culinary industry through education and career opportunities. In honor of the its 25th anniversary I want to raise $25,000 to help C-CAP continue this great work!

By making a donation you’ll not only be supporting a great cause – you’ll also be getting a chance to learn some new cooking skills yourself! Soon, I’ll be whipping up a fresh batch of how-to videos, so donate what you can – even if it’s just a dollar! – and leave your video suggestion in the comment field. If I pick your idea, I’ll give you a shoutout in the video! Now’s your chance to ask me how to slice, dice, flip, fry, finish or season …

If you’re feeling extra generous, donate $50+ and I’ll send you a secret recipe that’s not in any of my cookbooks. For the first 20 people who donate $150, you’ll also get a signed Marcus Off Duty cookbook – and I’ll even tell you which dish I think you should cook first. And, for those who really want to splurge on this very worthy cause…if you are the first person to donate $5,000 I will personally host a private game night with delicious food and drinks for you and nine friends at The Coop in my new restaurant, Streetbird Rotisserie. By the way, I’m really good at foosball so come prepared.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and for helping to support these dedicated youths realize their dreams.


Recap: Streetbird Pop-Up

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 6, 2015

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I had a ton of fun on Tuesday night at the Streetbird pop-up on the Lower East Side. I  loved meeting all the different people who stopped by; it was the first time I’d gotten to test out the recipes for a crowd, and it was great getting to hear their thoughts.


We started the meal off with Bird Broth and Maria’s Tack Tack for the table. Next up, was our Roasted Chicken, Sho Nuff Noodles, and Notti Greens. Everything was served family style. Possibly the biggest hit of the night were the Sweet Dogs – a brioche dessert filled with spiced almond paste, whipped cream, and red velvet sauce.



















You can check out our playlist from the pop-up on Spotify, and make sure to stay tuned for more news Streetbird. Thank you to Maria, the owner of El Maguey y La Tuna, and to everyone else who helped make the pop-up a huge success!


Join us for the StreetBird Pop-Up!

By Becca Cory | February 2, 2015

Streetbird popup Invitation

Join me tomorrow night, February 3rd, for a pop-up on the Lower East Side. I’ll be testing out new recipes for my new restaurant Streetbird, set to open this spring.  Come for a taste from  7-10pm at El Maguey y La Tuna.

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El Maguey y La Tuna
321 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002



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Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

By Marcus Samuelsson | September 9, 2014

Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home
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–   Barnes and Noble   –   Indiebound

Since publishing my last cookbook, New American Table, so much has happened. I have cooked for the President of the United States at his first State Dinner, I have opened my dream restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, I have written my memoir Yes,Chef and joined the group of mentors on ABC’s The Taste. Read More

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A Talented Harlem Student Enjoys a Pastry Internship with Red Rooster

By Suzannah Schneider | July 29, 2014


Jake hard at work in the Red Rooster Kitchen

In May, Marcus met an impressive young man named Jacob at Celebrate Northside! The Northside Center for Child Development 68th Anniversary Gala. Marcus was so moved by Jacob’s interest in cooking that he extended an internship to the 15 year-old aspiring chef. From Tuesday, July 15 through Wednesday, July 16 Jacob enjoyed a hands-on culinary experience within the pastry department at Red Rooster Harlem.

Jacob is a student at a rigorous college preparatory school in The Bronx. He loves science, especially chemistry and forensic sciences. His family is from the Dominican Republic, and he grew up learning how to cook dishes like fried sweet plantains and sorbets from his grandma and uncle. He’ll often make himself Dominican breakfast for dinner, which is a traditional dish of fried eggs, mashed plantains, fried salami, fried cheese, and fried sausage.


Marcus spoke with Jacob about his aspirations as a chef

Jacob’s time with Red Rooster began early on Tuesday at 8:15 in the morning. He worked with our Pastry Chef Melissa Camacho making strawberry jam, cookies, cornbread, and peanut butter pie. He was appreciative of their patience, and really enjoyed working with the kind chefs. Jacob liked making cornbread because he makes a similar recipe at home with his uncle.


Pastry Chef Melissa Camacho taught Jacob how to begin Peanut Butter Pie

For lunch, Jacob enjoyed Red Rooster’s famous Triple-Double Burger infused with bacon, Jarlsberg, and rooster sauce, with, of course, a side of French fries. He was surprised he was able to finish the gigantic sandwich, but loved every bite of it. Jacob wrapped up his first day on the job with a chat with Chef Mark Gandara, mapping out his dreams for the future. He spent his second day of the internship preparing peaches to practice his knife skills.

Jacob with Chef Mark Gandara

A four-day sleep-away basketball camp is coming up for Jacob at the end of this summer. Although he’s eager to learn more about pastry and cooking, Jacob’s looking forward to some rest and relaxation after two long days on his feet.


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