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Marcus’ in Bermuda Officially Opens May 27th!

By Becca Cory | April 18, 2015

On May 27th, I'll be opening my new restaurant, Marcus', in Bermuda.

On May 27th, I'll be opening my new restaurant, Marcus', in Bermuda.

Last week, I officially announced that my latest restaurant, Marcus’, will open on May 27th in Bermuda. The announcement was made in an exclusive with Travel + Leisure.

Marcus’ will focus Caribbean-inspired cuisine.The space is inside the newly renovated Bermuda Fairmont Hamilton Princess, and should be pretty spectacular against the island’s natural beauty.  Bermuda is one of my favorite places to visit – I’ve fallen in love with people and the culture there – so I’m really excited about this project.

To celebrate the opening of Marcus’, the Hamilton Princess is offering three special travel packages. All three packages include a two night stay at the Bermuda hotel, a five course meal with beverage pairings at the restaurant, and a signed copy of my latest book, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, plus some other fun perks. You can find out more about these deals here on their website in the Food and Wine section.

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Clinton Global Initiative – Call to Action

By Raquel Jacquez | October 8, 2015


During last month’s Clinton Global Initiative, Marcus joined a panel of experts to discuss the role of food and nutrition in global poverty and specifically, how chefs might be catalysts for change.

Poverty in America, as Marcus puts it, affects people differently than it does in his home country of Ethiopia. In America, we have extreme wealth that disconnects us from our food because cooking with real ingredients is expensive and perceived as inefficient in our busy lives. However, if we take the time to learn how to cook, he argues, everyone in the community will benefit. Further, Marcus challenges the audience to cook and eat based on a spiritual compass – meaning, eat things that relate to your own personal history and values. When we eat foods that are whole and seasonal, reusing ingredients throughout the week in order to avoid wasting food and overspending, we are satisfying our palate as well as our spiritual compass.

The strength in Marcus’ approach is his understanding that in order to be successful, we all need the tools to create lasting change in our own lives. Part of the reason that Marcus opened Red Rooster in Harlem was to not just change the restaurant footprint in the neighborhood, but to also highlight the complexities of poverty and malnutrition that exist in his own community. Watch Marcus discuss these issues in the video below or watch more videos from the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative here.

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Can You Spend Less Money on Food and Improve Global Poverty? I Think So. And Here’s How to Do It.

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 6, 2015

Marcus Samuelsson discusses hunger, cooking and obesity in the U.S.

Poverty in America looks very different from poverty in other parts of the world. While being poor in my home nation of Ethiopia means not having access to water but eating incredibly delicious and healthy foods everyday, being poor in the United States can mean clean water but not necessarily nutritious things to eat. Poverty is a problem that affects all parts of the globe, so it can be hard to visualize what you can do here at home to.

As a chef running a busy kitchen, I’ve learned a lot about about saving, planning and projecting and I truly believe that making even a small change to an individual’s daily routine can make an impact on a larger scale. The mentality in American culture is often “the bigger the better,” but we are all smart enough to know that’s not exactly the case. Just like at a restaurant, planning out your meals in advance means you are only buying exactly what you need and not spending in excess. Saving room in the plan for leftovers means wasting less and that planning will become easier as “needs” adjust away from “wants.”

You’ll be saving money, but how does this affect the global idea of poverty? Simple economics tells us that demand is directly related to price. When demand drops because more people are buying only what they need, the price drops making commodities more affordable for everyone, especially those who have smaller budgets and income. While it may seem like a far-fetched solution, a more global consciousness of need versus want could have big implications.

Another way that I, as a chef, have thought about this issue in regard to food has been through education. After the financial crisis of 2008, many Americans were facing financial insecurity, especially in neighborhoods like mine. Unemployment in Harlem was more than twice the national average and in a neighborhood where amenities are already scarce this meant different kinds of sacrifices were made, especially when it came to nutrition. American families in general began spending less of their incomes on food and the category that took the biggest hit: fresh produce. People instead began turning more and more to quick and cheap calories at fast food places, where a few dollars can buy you fries, a burger and a soda. While shopping and cooking does take more time than drive-thru, a commitment to healthy eating can be delicious and cost-effective.

I’ve been doing cooking classes in Harlem since Red Rooster opened in 2010 and it has been an indescribable experience showing kids from the YMCA or a local charter school that vegetables don’t have to be soggy and over-steamed but delicious! They’ve learned about food they’ve never had before that can pack in protein and nutrients and still taste good, including alternative grains like teff, quinoa and couscous. I believe you can eat wonderful meals and feel satisfied after eating less when you infuse rich flavors into your cooking. Simply put, nourishing foods can be budget friendly – and chefs share the responsibility of broadcasting that message!

Let’s not forget that healthy eating leads to a healthier society overall, which means a cheaper cost of living for everyone! Our country is in the midst of a cataclysmic health crisis, much of it caused by how we eat. More than one-third of American adults are currently obese (another one-third are overweight), and according to the CDC, the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980. It becomes an even more alarming number when you read that obesity is already causing $150 billion annually in medical costs. Imagine where that money could be spent if we reduced American obesity rates by even half! There would be more funding for programs that helped feed the homeless, educate the underserved and increase the employability of those in poverty through job training.

This article was originally posted as part of LinkedIN’s Take Action series in which Influencers and members discuss how to drive change that matters. Read the original post here.


C-CAP Announcement

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 2, 2015

Marcus with Richard Grausman and Mark Weiss

As of yesterday, I am so excited (and proud) to announce that, along with Mark Weiss, Chief Investment Officer of RFR Holdings, I have been named the Co-Chairman of C-CAP,Careers through Culinary Arts Program. Read More

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Harlem Helps: A Benefit for the Families of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 8, 2015

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Chalreston Benefit

On Wednesday, July 15, the Red Rooster team and I will be hosting a benefit in honor of the families of Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC. There come together as a community over food, drink and music that is inspired by the people of South Carolina. The event features a both lunch buffet and a 3-course seated dinner, for $30 and $75 minimum donation respectively. . Tickets and more information about the event is available here.  Below are both lunch* and dinner** menus. I hope to see you there.


*Lunch Menu:

-“City” Captain – Dark Meat Chicken, Tomato Curry, Buttered Charleston Gold Rice
-Catfish and Grits, Green Tomato Chow chow
-Low Country Pork Shoulder with Cheerwine Cider BBQ Sauce

-Collard Greens
-Mac and Greens
-Edamame Succatash
-Watermelon and pickled tomato salad
-Mustard Potato Salad

-Groundnut Sandwich Cookie (filled with chocolate)
-Citrus Buttermilk Pie
-Hummingbird Cake

**Dinner Menu:

-Teff Hoe cakes with Berbere Pimento
-She-crab salad Biscuit
-Crispy Oyster with Uni Comeback Sauce
-Cowpea Fritters
-Fried Green Tomatoes with Benne Seeds and Pickled Benne Aioli

-Shrimp and Grits, Corn and heirloom tomato, Bird Funk, Cheddar Bacon Grits
-Cheerwine Briased Pork Cheek, Jalepeno Creamed Corn, Watercress, pickled Squash, Boiled Peanuts
-Hot Smoked Carolina Coast Fish, Butterbean Succotash

-Pickled Peach & Blueberry Cobbler with Brown sugar & Bourbon Ice Cream





Fundraiser for C-CAP’s 25th Anniversary

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 1, 2015

Help me raise $25K for CCAP's 25th Anniversary!

Help me raise $25K for CCAP's 25th Anniversary!

I took the first step in my career by training at a local culinary school in Sweden, and while I’ve come a long way since then, I’ll never forget how I got started… That’s why I’m so proud to be involved with Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. C-CAPmakes an enormous impact on the lives of at-risk students by helping them build careers in the culinary industry. In honor of its 25th anniversary, I want to raise $25,000 to help them continue the great work. We’ve already raised over $11,000 for this amazing organization, so let’s raise another $14,000!

When you give to C-CAP, I give back to you! The person who raises the most for this great cause will get an amazing trip for two to Bermuda, including airfare, a 3-night stay at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, and dinner at my new restaurant,Marcus’! You can also support this great cause by making a donation. For $25 you’ll get access to an exclusive cooking video, for $50 you’ll also get a signed copy of my new young-adult book, Make It Messy, for $100 you’ll also get a signed copy of myMarcus Off Duty cookbook, and for $200 you’ll also get an Ambessa Tea gift set. Plus, this fundraiser will be timed with the release of a new round of my “How-To” cooking videos! The ideas for these videos were all user generated, so make sure to check out my YouTube and Facebook pages, starting today, as they roll out.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support, and to those who have already donated, in helping these dedicated youths realize their dreams.

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Make It Messy

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 9, 2015

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Make It Messy finally releases today, and I am so excited to share my story with my younger fans that have found a connection with the artistry of cooking. My journey has never been an easy one, I have had my share of obstacles, but giving up was never an option, redirecting certainly, but never giving up. Whatever your passion is in life, or even if you’re still a little uncertain, hard work and determination should always direct your steps. I was not necessarily born into a typical circumstance and expectations may not have foreseen me as part of the traditional grid, but life teaches you to “Step up to the challenge; don’t avoid it. Win or lose take the shot.” You are responsible for your choices, and sometimes it’s worth it to make things a little messy. I hope my life inspires you to dream big and go hard.

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A BIG Thank You for Harlem EatUp!

By Ashley Bode | May 18, 2015

The Stroll: A Grand Tasting Experience - Harlem EatUp! Festival

The Stroll: A Grand Tasting Experience - Harlem EatUp! Festival
It’s hard to believe that the first annual Harlem EatUp! is already over. I was so amazed by the overwhelming support I saw from my friends and the Harlem community. Every moment – from the collaborative dinners around the neighborhood on Friday night, to the special chef demos and panels, to the delicious walk-around tastings in Morningside Park – was better than I could have hoped.

This event would not have been possible without the numerous chefs, restaurants, and artists, both local and visiting, who dedicated their time and talent. Special thanks to the many people who helped make this dream a reality: founding sponsors Citi and Ernst & Young and platinum sponsors Aetna and Macy’s; beneficiaries City Meals on Wheels and Harlem Park to Park; and CCAP, ICC and ICE for our culinary volunteers. To former President Clinton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former NYC Mayor David Dinkins – so thrilled you could make it, your presence and involvement with the festival was so appreciated.

I hope everyone who came had as much fun as I did…see you next year!

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Harlem EatUp! Tickets On Sale Now!

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 24, 2015

Tickets are on sale now for Harlem Eat Up, a four-day festival highlighting Harlem's chefs and artists.

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Come see all that Harlem has to offer during this first ever food, art and culture festival happening May 14-17!

Join me and my friends Bobby Flay, Aarón Sánchez, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag and more as we celebrate my neighborhood.

I am thrilled at the opportunity to highlight the beauty and diversity of Harlem during this four-day festival. Sit in on my culinary demonstrations, learn what a “typical” day entails, or stop by Bier International to dine at Harlem’s first beer garden.

For those with children in tow, join me for an afternoon in Morningside Park or listen in on a variety of talks given by some phenomenal chefs and artists including Daniel Boulud, Derrick Adams, Marvin Woods and Melba Wilson, among others.

For more information about this flagship event, including detailed descriptions about the events and how to purchase tickets, please visit

I hope to see you there!

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Recap: Streetbird Opening Party Featuring Qkr! With MasterPass

By Becca Cory | April 17, 2015

Marcus Samuelsson at the Streetbird Launch Party

I had an awesome time at the Streetbird opening party last night! It was really amazing to have all my friends come out and see what I’ve been working so hard to put together. And of course, there was lots of delicious chicken.

Marcus Samuelsson at the Streetbird Launch Party

Aside from celebrating the official opening of Streetbird Rotisserie, we were also helping MasterCard announce a brand new app that lets you order takeout and pay right from your phone: Qkr! with MasterPass. Part of my goal with Streetbird is to make good food accessible, and partnering with Qkr! makes that job even easier. As of last night, Streetbird is the first restaurant in the world to start using the app.

Thanks so much to everyone who made the night a huge success. If you haven’t had a chance to try Streetbird yet, I hope to see you in there soon, and don’t forget to download Qkr! here.


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