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Watch the Premiere of “The Taste” on ABC

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | January 2, 2014

Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson will pick their teams. Who will get the final taste?
Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson will pick their teams. Who will get the final taste?

Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Marcus Samuelsson will pick their teams. Who will get the final taste?

Tune in tonight, Thursday, January 2, as Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson prime their taste buds to choose their team on “The Taste”. Sixteen competitors will be chosen based on blind bites they will prepare for the judges. Those who make it past the judges’ discerning palates will then be put on teams of four where they will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. Surprising guest chefs of the highest caliber will then choose the winning taste each round.

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Happy Holidays from Ours to Yours

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 25, 2013

Photo: instagram.com/donnickolson
Photo: instagram.com/donnickolson

Photo: instagram.com/donnickolson

It was a very good year for us here at the Marcus Samuelsson Group, thanks in no small part to our Red Rooster family and all of our loyal guests. We worked hard and played hard and I hope you did too. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday and a safe and delicious day. I’d love to know what goodies you cooked up for your family and friends feast, so feel free to share them with me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @MarcusCooks.

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A Great Chef, a Better Man

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 7, 2013

Charlie Trotter (1959-20130
Charlie Trotter (1959-20130

Charlie Trotter (1959-2013)

I met Charlie Trotter before I actually saw him in person; I was 24 when I first opened the pages of Charlie’s cookbook Charlie Trotter’s and was greeted by a man I would know and admire for the next 20 years. The first words Charlie spoke to me, through that book, belonged to Fydor Dostoevsky: “To lose courage is to sin… work, ever more work, con amore, therein lies real happiness.” The next words were his own: “It’s all about excellence, or at least working towards excellence. Early on in your approach to cooking — or to running a restaurant — you must determine if you are willing to commit fully and completely to the idea of the pursuit of excellence.” These words have guided me ever since. Read More

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Watch Marcus LIVE on CNN with Anthony Bourdain and Roy Choi

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | November 6, 2013

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CNN

CNN series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will present a live, one-hour retrospective episode, Parts Unknown Last Bite, airing from Las Vegas this Sunday November 10 at 10pm ET, following the Season Two finale of the series, “Detroit.”

Marcus will join Treme/The Wire start Wendell Pierce, author of “LA Son” and Kogi Truck chef/owner Roy Choi, comedian Bonnie McFarlane and CNN anchor Don Lemon from the historic Las Vegas locale Atomic Liquors (a former package store and café where patrons would watch nuclear test blasts from the roof).

Parts Unknown Last Bite will feature highlights from the past season and feature a lively debate among the guests on subjects such as food sustainability and guns in America – topics that were raised in various episodes of season two.

Hope you’ll tune in!

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From Farm to Fork

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 4, 2013

Marcus at last year's Farm to Fork event.
Marcus at last year's Farm to Fork event.

Marcus at last year’s Farm to Fork event.

Every year, New York’s Chapter of the Swedish American Chamber hosts a fantastic conference titled “Green Summit, From Farm to Fork – The Future of the Industry” which examines several issues in the world of food and technology. I frequently participate and was able to have a panel discussion with Chef Stefano Catenacci from Sweden about the growing trend of sustainability in the restaurant industry.

Here are some astounding facts we discovered during our conversation:

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Marcus Hosts Swedish Food Show “Village Cook Off”

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | October 29, 2013

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In its first week, Det Stora Matslaget, or “Village Cook-Off” premiered to over 1 million viewers. Marcus hosts this show which pits village-against-village in a cooking competition to find out which neighborhood can produce the best dishes before the clock runs out. The show, which airs on Sweden’s SVT every Tuesday at 8pm, features Swedish celebrities to join Marcus on the judges panel. If your Svenska is on point, click here to watch last week’s episode.

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Fall Note from Marcus

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 22, 2013

Photo: Seam Sime

It’s been an exciting few months for us and I want to share some good news with you. I will be the newest judge on ABC’s The Taste alongside my friends Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre. Keep track of our Red Rooster events—You can bet there will be a viewing party once the show airs in the winter. Read More

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