Marcus Samuelsson, winner of Top Chef Masters and chef and owner of NYC's beloved Red Rooster Harlem (www.redroosterharlem.com), released his first memoir on June 26th, 2012. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus' journey from his grandmother Helga's kitchen to some of the most demanding restaurants in Switzerland and France, stints on cruise ships and ultimately, his arrival to NYC, where at Aquavit, he earned a coveted three-star rating from The New York Times at the age of 24, making him the youngest chef ever to receive such an accolade. But Samuelsson's career of "chasing flavors," as he calls it, had only just begun. In intervening years, there have been White House State dinners, personal crises, public failures, reality show triumphs and the opening of his beloved Red Rooster in Harlem, where Samuelsson has finally fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse and vibrant dining room—a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.
In conversation with Anjali Kumar at Google NYC.