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Scenes from a “Yes, Chef” Summer

By Marcus Samuelsson | September 5, 2012

Yes, Chef Summer Collage

As I settle back into my routine here in Harlem, I am still in awe of all the people I met and the experiences I had while on the road promoting, “Yes, Chef”. While I expected it to be exciting and full of adventure, I never expected it to be as exhausting and as fulfilling as it was. From revisiting with old chef friends to meeting young up-and-coming stars in the industry, I can only say a big “Thank You” to all the people who made each city a unique memory for me. For the next couple of days I want to recap some of the highs and lows of the “Yes, Chef” tour. Read More


Happy 100th Birthday, Julia!

By Marcus Samuelsson | August 15, 2012

Photo: kalavinka

Photo: kalavinka

When I was cooking at Aquavit, Julia would come in occasionally. No matter how many times I met her, I was always nervous when she sat down in my dining room. On this one visit, Julia beckoned me over to her seat, and pointed at the dish she was eating and declared, “This sauce has butter in it.” Read More


Sylvia’s Cupcake Parade

By Diamond Bradley | August 1, 2012

Everyone loves a baby

It is interesting how a person, mentioned in the last sentence of a 1979 restaurant review by Gael Greene, can turn out to be a culinary queen and icon 33 years later.

Sylvia Woods was that person. Amidst racial intensity she’d been serving food for the soul, from the soul, to Harlem and beyond. For this reason, she was celebrated today in a Cupcake Parade celebrating her 50th Jubilee and Sylvia’s annual Community Day breakfast. Harlem, as it should be, played the host with the help of famed baker master Raven “Cake Man Raven” Dennis III in front of her restaurant. Different nationalities were in abundance among a mix of suits, monkstraps, sneakers, jeans, hairs, straight, braided, locked—the artsy, the touristy and last but not least, the foodies. Read More


Thank You, Sylvia

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 20, 2012

Sylvia Woods

I first met Sylvia about 15 years ago when she was being honored by the Black Culinarian Alliance at Tavern on the Green. Her words that day inspired me to want to move to Harlem and become part of this vibrant community. From the first day we opened Red Rooster, down the block from Sylvia’s, this iconic and gracious woman and her family were right there next to us, always providing us with support and encouragement.  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. 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