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Food Stories

Behind the Scenes: Food on Film

By Joseph Hernandez | November 19, 2012

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Prepping the shot

Radicchio bean salad photo shoot prep

cookbook photo shoot prepping the shot

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cookbook shoot getting a close up

cookbook shoot styling the next shot

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When good food starts giving bad "face," the crew digs in!

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So, those gorgeous morsels, dishes and bites you see in the pages of your favorite cookbooks and magazines? Yeah, they don’t just happen. Believe it or not, a stylist, chef, photographer and assistants all come together to create the art of the plate. Recently, Marcus’ own crack team assembled to work on a fun food project and we couldn’t help but share this little inside look into a photo shoot! Read More

Health & Wellness

The Health Benefits of Coffee

By Joseph Hernandez | November 6, 2012

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Infographic: Joseph Hernandez

Come Monday morning, it’s all many of us can do to not race to the office coffee machine for a mug o’ joe. It seems that in our g0-go-go culture, java is nothing less than the Nectar of the Gods. With just one cup, you’ve got a pep in your step. Alert and ready to tackle the day, you are thankful for your fuel.

Besides waking you from your morning stupor, did you know that coffee provides a range of other benefits? If you limit the amount of cream and sugar, your daily cup–or cups–of coffee can go a long way. Read More

Food Stories

The Comforts of Filipino Food

By Joseph Hernandez | October 31, 2012

Crispy Lumpia (Photo: Mazemet)

Photo: Gracinha Marco Abundo

Growing up, I loved Filipino food. I mean, I had to: it’s all my mom made. I loved the way the house smelled like oil and sugar and vegetables. It was wonderful. Aesthetically, I paid no mind to the bland, lack of color in the dishes, as Filipino food tends to be varying hues of brown. Ultimately, it was comforting to eat. Read More

Who To Know

Tastemaker: Jodi Ettenberg and her Worldly Appetite

By Joseph Hernandez | October 22, 2012

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For Jodi Ettenberg, traveling has literally become a full time job. On the road since 2008, the lawyer-turned-professional blogger has been documenting her journeys on her leading blog, Legal Nomads. Seeking out stories of different cultures and highlighting the travelers and people she has met along the way, Ettenberg also developed a penchant for waxing poetic about the international flavors she encountered.

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Behind-the-Scenes: “Future of Taste” with Chef Maxime Bilet

By Joseph Hernandez | October 16, 2012

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Last night was the culmination of five days of preparation with Chef Maxime Bilet, co-author of Modernist Cuisine. At the “Future of Taste,” Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Maxime combined their efforts to create a stunning menu that not only considered Marcus’ diverse worldview and love of narrative but also Maxime’s dynamic embrace of forward-thinking techniques. The marriage of science and food culminated in a six-course meal, from a reinterpretation of classic Chicken and Waffle to a playful take on Red Velvet Cake. Read More

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Children’s Storefront and Maxime Bilet: Learning about Modernist Cooking

By Joseph Hernandez | October 15, 2012

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Maxime Bilet explains modernist cooking to the students from Children’s Storefront.


Last week, Marcus Samuelsson hosted Chef Maxime Bilet, co-author of Modernist Cuisine, at Ginny’s Supper Club, along with 20 students from Children’s Storefront in Harlem. A non-profit, tuition-free school committed to providing students from preschool to eighth grade a diverse and empowering education, Children’s Storefront brought a mix of seventh and eighth grade students to learn about the restaurant industry from Marcus, and easy, modern cooking techniques from Maxime. Marcus gave the students a behind the scenes look of Red Rooster, and even a short primer on restaurant etiquette. For the rest of the afternoon, Maxime put on a demo marrying science and food. Read More

Food Stories

Urban Farming: Brooklyn Grange Documentary

By Joseph Hernandez | September 25, 2012

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Still from Brooklyn Grange: A Portrait of Urban Farming

The Brooklyn Grange, located in Queens, New York has long been known as the largest soil rooftop farm in the world. Serving as a CSA and providing produce to restaurants throughout the city, the farm is a roaring success after just two years. However back in May, the bustling urban farm continued its plans for expansion by signing a 20 year lease on a 65,000-square-foot rooftop at the once defunct Brooklyn Navy Yards. Read More

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Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. MarcusSamuelsson.com strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More

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