Catching Up with HEAF’s 2014 Learning for Social Impact Course

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 28, 2014

Photo courtesy of HEAF

Last month a group of students from Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) spent an afternoon with me in Ginny’s Supper Club to learn about Swedish food and culture. The discussion and cooking demonstration were in preparation for the students’ trip to Stockholm as part of HEAF’s Learning for Social Impact cultural literacy course. I recently caught up with Jadira Mora, HEAF’s Program Coordinator of College Quest, to hear more about the group’s adventures in my homeland.

On a bike tour of the Royal National City Park. Photo courtesy of HEAF

The students kicked off their trip with an invigorating bike tour of the Royal National City Park. They got to see the area the way most Scandinavians do – by bicycle. Other trip highlights include a tour of Stockholm City Hall, a fascinating lesson on the history of Swedish music, a visit with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and a meeting with King Entertainment, the creators of Candy Crush Saga. Additionally, the LSI class enjoyed conversations with The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce over a traditional Swedish Fika (coffee break). The HEAF students also met kids their own age to compare personal experiences, and attended the first World Cup game screening put on by Ortens Favoriter, a youth organization in the suburbs. I wish I could’ve been there!

Enjoying a traditional Swedish Fika with The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of HEAF

Jadira facilitated debriefings each night so the students could discuss their experiences of the day. The students faced a lot of culture shock, and were surprised to encounter a different kind of diversity in Sweden. They found that diversity often relates to different nationalities instead of different colors of skin.

Of course, the HEAF students thoroughly enjoyed Swedish cuisine. They ate meatballs similar to the kind I made with them, enjoyed a lot of fish, and even tried Gubbröra, which is a traditional Swedish anchovy dish that translates to “Old Man’s Mix.” The students were surprised at the large portion sizes that were available in restaurants, and were delighted by Swedish chocolate. (We do have the best candy!)

It was great to hear about the students’ trip, and it was an honor to work with them beforehand to discuss my experience growing up in Sweden. I hope to see my HEAF friends again soon.

Photo courtesy of HEAF

Photo courtesy of HEAF


Dine above Times Square and Stand Up To Cancer!

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 11, 2014

Marcus Samuelsson


Join me in the fight against cancer while enjoying a one-of-a-kind dining experience above the crossroads of the world. I’ve prepared a five -course, prix –fixe meal of some of my favorite dishes to be served at a dining table 25 feet above Times Square in New York City through Mastercard’s Priceless Table. Dinners at Priceless Table will be served on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, July 16-August 2, 2014. The cost for the dinner is $100 for two, or $50 per person, which will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer.

I filled the menu with dishes, such as tomato watermelon gazpacho and ramen salmon salad, that have nutritious and timely ingredients. I try to eat healthy as often as possible, and was excited to include the omega-3s and good fats of the salmon and avocado we are serving. I also tried to be conscious of seasonality with fresh tomatoes and watermelon. Our bodies naturally crave things that are in season, so this gazpacho is perfect for healthful summer eating.

I’ve had several people in my life diagnosed with cancer in the last few years, so the Priceless Table for Stand Up To Cancer project really hits home. It’s hard to sit by and watch as your loved one battles, and there’s nothing you can do. Stand Up To Cancer is the best answer to that. Plus, what could be more fun than sitting above Times Square and enjoying a one-of-a-kind meal?

You can purchase tickets here.

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HEAF Comes to Red Rooster

By ADMIN | June 26, 2014

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Photo Courtesy of Jeannette Park

On Monday, June 23rd, a group of 17 students from Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) came to Ginny’s Supper Club to participate in a cooking demo and discussion with Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The students will head off to Stockholm, Sweden this Saturday as a part of HEAF’s Learning for Social Impact (LSI) course.

With the assistance of a few brave students, Marcus demonstrated traditional Swedish foods including Swedish Meatballs and Pytt I Panna, a Swedish hash made with potatoes and minced meat.

Marcus discussed his experiences growing up in Sweden, contemporary Swedish culture, and the ways that sustainability and economic history have shaped Swedish cuisine. The students asked exciting questions, and we can’t wait to hear all about their trip! Trevlig resa!


Watch the Premiere of “The Taste” on ABC

By | January 2, 2014

Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson will pick their teams. Who will get the final taste?
Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson will pick their teams. Who will get the final taste?

Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson will pick their teams. Who will get the final taste?

Tune in tonight, Thursday, January 2, as Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson prime their taste buds to choose their team on “The Taste”. Sixteen competitors will be chosen based on blind bites they will prepare for the judges. Those who make it past the judges’ discerning palates will then be put on teams of four where they will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. Surprising guest chefs of the highest caliber will then choose the winning taste each round.

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Happy Holidays from Ours to Yours

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 25, 2013



It was a very good year for us here at the Marcus Samuelsson Group, thanks in no small part to our Red Rooster family and all of our loyal guests. We worked hard and played hard and I hope you did too. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday and a safe and delicious day. I’d love to know what goodies you cooked up for your family and friends feast, so feel free to share them with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @MarcusCooks.


A Great Chef, a Better Man

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 7, 2013

Charlie Trotter (1959-20130
Charlie Trotter (1959-20130

Charlie Trotter (1959-2013)

I met Charlie Trotter before I actually saw him in person; I was 24 when I first opened the pages of Charlie’s cookbook Charlie Trotter’s and was greeted by a man I would know and admire for the next 20 years. The first words Charlie spoke to me, through that book, belonged to Fydor Dostoevsky: “To lose courage is to sin… work, ever more work, con amore, therein lies real happiness.” The next words were his own: “It’s all about excellence, or at least working towards excellence. Early on in your approach to cooking — or to running a restaurant — you must determine if you are willing to commit fully and completely to the idea of the pursuit of excellence.” These words have guided me ever since. Read More


Watch Marcus LIVE on CNN with Anthony Bourdain and Roy Choi

By | November 6, 2013



CNN series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will present a live, one-hour retrospective episode, Parts Unknown Last Bite, airing from Las Vegas this Sunday November 10 at 10pm ET, following the Season Two finale of the series, “Detroit.”

Marcus will join Treme/The Wire start Wendell Pierce, author of “LA Son” and Kogi Truck chef/owner Roy Choi, comedian Bonnie McFarlane and CNN anchor Don Lemon from the historic Las Vegas locale Atomic Liquors (a former package store and café where patrons would watch nuclear test blasts from the roof).

Parts Unknown Last Bite will feature highlights from the past season and feature a lively debate among the guests on subjects such as food sustainability and guns in America – topics that were raised in various episodes of season two.

Hope you’ll tune in!


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