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YMCA Grosvenor House Gets Rescued

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 9, 2012

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For the past few months I worked with George Oliphant and the “George to the Rescue” team to rebuild the kitchen at the YMCA Grosvenor House. Grosvenor Neighborhood House is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and their families gain economic and personal self-sufficiency, and they provide year-round educational and recreational services. They also provide food education to the children so you can only imagine how important a proper kitchen is for their daily needs.

You should have seen this kitchen when we first walked in. Budgetary concerns had limited the Grosvenor House’s ability to update any appliances and the grill was caked with rust. You wouldn’t even want to eat an apple in that kitchen. To make matters worse, when George and contractor Stephen Fanuka inspected the area, they found abestos in the ceiling.

But with the magic of NBC and a dedicated team, the results were amazing Read More

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Music As A Secret Ingredient

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 25, 2012

Photo: Francois Martinier

Photo: Francois Martinier

Do you like to rock out in the kitchen while you cook? I certainly do!

The New York Times posted today how many cooks in top restaurants use music, not only to rock out with in the kitchen, but also as inspiration for their cuisine. I personally love listening to my friend Jason (Timbuktu), the Swedish rapper and reggae artist, and definitely David Bowie, since I look for music that is not just one noted. Since cooking isn’t about a single note, what I’m listening to while I cook has to be the same way. It also doesn’t have to be about just one song, but instead music  that really connects with me and makes me think of where I was at the time when it came out. For instance, when I hear Pearl Jam I automatically think of Sweden, and when I hear Nirvana it brings me back to France when I was getting ready to come to New York. Read More

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New Video for NYC Taxi: Teaming Up with AOL and Citizen Schools

By mahir | June 21, 2011

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I really enjoyed teaming up with AOL to host students Citizen Schools stop by Red Rooster recently.  It’s an organization very close to my heart, so it means a lot to me to have them come by the restaurant for a tour and “Incredible Edibles” apprenticeship. It’s great to show young kids just how important community is so that they grow up and want to be just as involved. Red Rooster is a great source of community for Harlem no matter what age you are!

For a sneak peak of the video that will be appearing in New York Taxi Cabs this week, check out the video here.  Read More

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Tasting Wines with Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson on Vine Talk

By mahir | June 20, 2011

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Check out my appearance on Stanley Tucci’s show, Vine Talk, which is airing tonight on at 8:30pm on PBS WLIW in New York. I really enjoyed getting to taste delicious wines with actors Patricia Clarkson, Warren Leight, and Michael Shannon and the show’s team of experts. We tasted wines from Bordeaux, a beautiful wine-producing region in Southwestern France, which is famous for it’s red wines.

For a sneak peak, check out this clip from the show below where I talk about coming to America.  Read More

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Cooking Historic American Recipes on ABC World News Tonight

By mahir | June 14, 2011

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It was great to be on ABC World News Tonight last friday to celebrate the National Archives new exhibition about American culinary preferences, including those of U.S. Presidents. I prepared President Lyndon Johnson’s Chili and a Ham Shortcake recipe from the 1946 School Lunch Act. It was really fun tasting a bit of history and getting to share the food with Mr. Ron Claiborne and Ms. Diane Sawyer. Check out the video here.  Read More

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