May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Friday, May 24 - Keynote Address: Marcus Samuelsson

January 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 1

Friday, May 24

7:30 – 9 am

At the Corner of Artisanal Food and Business  PD, DT, S

Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence. Samuelsson caught the attention of the culinary world at Aquavit. During his tenure as executive chef, he received an impressive three-star rating from the New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade.

In addition to being a successful cookbook author, Samuelsson released his New York Times bestseller "Yes, Chef " in 2012 to rave reviews. He has been featured on a number of media platforms including "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "The Martha Stewart Show," "The Today Show," "Live with Regis and Kelly" and Charlie Rose. He was the winner on Bravos "Top Chef Masters" season two and serves as a recurring judge for "Chopped," one of Food Networks highest-rated series with a following of over 20 million viewers a month. Samuelsson was also named the winner of the second season of "Chopped All-Stars."

In 2009, Samuelsson was honored as a guest chef at the White House, where he planned and executed the administrations first state dinner for the first family, Prime Minister Singh of India and 400 of their guests. He has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2000, focusing his advocacy on water

and sanitation issues, specifically the Tap Project. Samuelsson also had the honor of speaking at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and TEDxHarlem in 2012. In the fall of 2012, Samuelsson was also named to the US State Departments The American Chef Corps, a group of chefs committed to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintons message of "smart power" diplomacy, which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools, by utilizing food, hospitality and the dining experience as ways to enhance how formal diplomacy is conducted, cultivating cultural understanding and strengthening bilateral relationships through the shared experience of food.

His newest restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, celebrates the roots of American cuisine in one of New York Citys liveliest and culturally rich neighborhoods. It has earned two-stars from the New York Times and countless accolades for its food, style and connection to the community. Named the Best Neighborhood Joint by Time Out New York, Red Rooster continues to amaze Harlem with the opening of its downstairs supper club Ginnys.

Samuelsson is also a co-founder of a website for men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart.