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Q&A: Chef Alfred Green

By Christopher Stewart | February 28, 2013

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As the food industry continues to push out amazing chefs, and Black History month comes to a close, we must not forget the chefs that came before us. I am lucky enough to have a chef of my own to celebrate with. Alfred Green is a retired chef, that has worked in numerous highly praised hotels through out New York City. I sat down with Chef Green, to talk with him about the industry, what he thinks of the evolution of cooking, and what he thinks about the new school of chefs in the industry right now. I was lucky and also privileged  to get this interview, since Chef Alfred Green happens to be my grandfather.
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Profile: Arva Rice, President & CEO of New York Urban League

By Kendall Kish | February 13, 2013

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The New York Urban League’s 46th Annual Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner

We had the privilege of talking to Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League, about her accomplishments and inspirations as a leader in a community-driven, historical organization. NYUL is a non-profit organization deeply rooted in New York to surmount educational and economic obstacles for African Americans and other underserved communities. Read More

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Ray Chen: Virtuoso and Valentine’s

By Jeannette Park | February 5, 2013

Photo: Chris Dunlop

So happy for food in Korea…Excited Gangnam style!

Born in Taiwan and raised in Australia, Ray Chen was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 15, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. Playing with the 1702 “Lord Newlands” Stradivarius violin on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation, 23-year old Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. His premiere album Virtuoso, released worldwide on Sony Classical in 2011, won the prestigious Echo Klassik Award and in December, Ray Chen performed as the soloist at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. And he’s something of a major foodie… Read More

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Malaika: An Interview with Grammy-Award Winner Angélique Kidjo

By Jeannette Park | November 27, 2012

Photo courtesy of Razor and Tie Publicity

Photo: Alexei Hay

Anyone who meets Angélique Kidjo quickly get a sense of this Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter’s tremendous journey, one that transported her from her native Benin and around the globe in a flurry of amazing music and inspiring activism. Although in the midst of recording a new album and writing her first book, Angélique was gracious enough to take the time to speak to us here at Marcussamuelsson.com about her incredible story and even greater love of food and cooking.

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Catching up with Efva Attling

By Fanny Sturen | November 13, 2012

Efva Attling

Efva Attling

 Jewelry designer Efva Attling talks about her rejection from Abba, clubbing in the Meatpacking District in the 70′s, and how important your hairdresser can be.

Name: Efva Attling
Most of us know her because: She has her own jewelry brand with stores and retailers all over the world, EfvaAttling.com.
Lives: Alphabet City, New York and Södermalm, Stockholm.

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Arturo O’Farrill’s Cuban Takeover at Ginny’s

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | June 18, 2012

Photo: David Navas

Photo: David Navas

Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra takes over Ginny’s on Tuesday, June 19th, and Food Republic writer (and Cubaphile) Judy Cantor-Navas took some time to meet the man whose talent stretches far beyond music. The son of legendary composer and bandleader Chico O’Farrill, Arturo grew up dining with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Jon Hendricks in his home. Before heading up to Ginny’s to hear him premiere his newest suite, The Offense of the Drum, read what this Grammy award-winning musician has to say about making a mess in the kitchen. Click here to read the story on Food Republic.

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Playing Until He Can’t Play Anymore: The Last Mambo King Orlando Marin

By Cyndi Amaya | June 14, 2012

Marcus and Orlando at Ginny's

I didn’t think this would happen but when I saw him right in front of me, I was a bit shell-shocked. The Last Mambo King, Orlando Marin, was standing in front of me at Ginny’s Supper Club in a traditional white guayabera and I was honestly star struck. Here was one of the founding fathers of the music we know today as Salsa, and I being born in Colombia, learned how to dance to Salsa as soon as I learned how to walk. So it was only natural to be in awe of one of the greats.

As I sat down and spoke with Mr. Marin, I was astounded at how personable he was; it was like I was sitting down for a chat with my grandfather. And just like a grandfather he began to recount his amazing stories of how music was back in the day, when Mambo first came about, how he started his first orchestras and how he was drafted to the Army during the Korean War. I sat and listened intently, watching his hands move around while he spoke with enthusiasm, and even gasped when I heard the big names of band leaders and artists he played with that are idolized in my culture. Names like Tito Puentes, Tito Rodriguez, and Eddie Palmieri are as familiar to him as “Mom” and “Dad” are to us.

So as the story goes, Orlando Marin grew up singing and dancing. Read More

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A Sweet Treat From Norda Chef Patrik Fredriksson for Swedish National Day

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | June 6, 2012

Photo: Florian Prischl

Photo: Florian Prischl

Happy Swedish National Day! Since 2005, Sweden has been celebrating its National Day where Swedes everywhere take the day off to share in tradition and fly that great blue and yellow flag. Unlike a lot of countries, Sweden does not have an independence day since it was not previously reined over by another country, so its Riksdag (parliament) decided that apart from the traditional Swedish Midsummer, Sweden should have a day dedicated to honoring its people and pride.

Today, June 6th, is the day and to honor Swedish National Day, we’re starting off our day by highlighting Norda’s Executive Pastry Chef, Patrik Fredriksson, who heads the pastry department at Marcus’s new Swedish establishment in Gothenburg. Check out our interview with Patrik and his recipe for Swedish Princess Cake to help kick off your Swedish National Day celebration. Read More

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Reinventing the Way You See Dessert: A Chat with Norda’s Pastry Chef Jimmy Wigh

By Cyndi Amaya | May 30, 2012

Club Sandwich-inspired dessert

Norda's Chef Jimmy Wigh

“Never stop thinking. The day I stop thinking of new ideas, I should quit my job and start doing something else.”

I look up at Jimmy and realize he’s serious. Creating sweet concoctions at Norda in Sweden may seem like child’s play to some people, but to Jimmy Wigh it’s serious enough for him to consider a new profession. “I like using my creativity to make unexpected twists…to show people my viewpoint and how I see things differently,” says Wigh.  Read More

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