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Kitchen Takeover: Animal House

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | July 9, 2012

Fried chicken sandwich with pickle slaw

Fried chicken sandwich with pickle slaw from Son of a Gun

Pay attention to the folks you meet in college–they may just be your next kindred spirit and business partner. The tasteful team of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo comprise this very template, friends turned culinary entrepreneurs who have risen to great acclaim in a short time span.  Since leaving the kitchens of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, they are the creative innovators behind the slightly more turf Animal Restaurant and definitely more surf Son of a Gun, garnering such prestigious awards as the Best Food and Wine Chefs of 2009, two James Beard nominations, Rising Star Chefs and Wine List of the Year by GQ Magazine. Read More


My LA Five Favorites

By admin | December 6, 2011

Photo: Marcus Samuelsson

Photo: Marcus Samuelsson

I just got back this week from a weekend trip to Los Angeles and I can shamelessly say that I had a great time there! The relationship New York City has with Los Angeles is certainly a strange one. It’s similar to what I experienced growing up in Sweden. As a resident of Gothenburg, you could never publically admit that you liked anything about Stockholm, as if almost rival cities. Often times, that’s the same sort of relationship between LA and NYC.

But the more I visit LA I have really started to appreciate the differences between the two cities. Read More


Great Food Markets: LA’s Grand Central Market

By admin | June 22, 2011

Photo: soupstance on flickr

Photo: soupstance on flickr

Whenever I go to Los Angeles, I love to visit the historic Grand Central Market.  There few places where past and present meld together so seamlessly as in Los Angeles’ oldest and largest outdoor market. Opened in 1917, the market houses 38 diverse vendors that supply almost everything under the sun, from fresh and seasonal produce, intoxicating spices, popular cafes and restaurants, fresh-cut flowers and specialty shops that boast a wide array of foods and goods for bargain prices. Read More


Chef Greg Hozinsky’s 5 Favorite Places to Eat in Los Angeles, CA

By mahir | June 7, 2011


An up-and-coming young chef, Chef Hozinsky is the executive chef at Shade Hotel’s Zinc Lounge in Manhattan Beach, where he cooks delicious, seasonally-inspired food that showcases produce and ingredients at their best. I hope you’ve enjoyed his advice about his Top 5 Tips Every Aspiring Chef Should Know and his Top 5 Seasonal Ingredients in Southern California. Chef Greg’s last post is about his five favorite places to eat in the Los Angeles Area. These are all great stops if you live in the city or are planning a summer visit.  Read More


Today is National Doughnut Day!

By mahir | June 3, 2011

National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day

Today is National Doughnut Day! Celebrated on the first Friday in June every year since 1938, National Doughnut Day is a perfect excuse to enjoy a sweet, fluffy treat – or two, or three.

Celebrate the holiday at Red Rooster with our delicious sweet potato doughnuts, injected with sweet potato cream and served warm with a dusting of cinnamon sugar.

Not in NYC to enjoy? Try one of these famed doughnut shops around the country!  Read More


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Meet the Team

About The Team

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


Streetbird Rotisserie
Marcus’ Bermuda
Eatery Social Taqueria
Red Rooster Harlem
Ginny’s Supper Club
Uptown Brasserie
American Table Cafe and Bar
Kitchen and Table
American Table Brasserie and Bar
Marc Burger