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Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson

Keynote Speaker: James Beard Award-Winning Chef & Owner of the Red Rooster Restaurant

Marcus Samuelsson Biography

Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence. Marcus 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, Marcus released his New York Times Bestseller Yes, Chef in 2012 to rave reviews. He was the winner on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" Season Two and serves as a recurring judge for "Chopped," one of Food Network's highest rated series with a following of over 20 million viewers a month. Marcus was also named the winner of the second season of "Chopped All-Stars."

In 2009, Marcus was honored as a guest chef at the White House under the Obama Administration, where he planned and executed the administration's 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. Marcus 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, Marcus was also named to the US State Department's The American Chef Corps, a group of chefs committed to Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 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 iconic Red Rooster Harlem celebrates the roots of American cuisine in one of New York City's 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 Ginny's.

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

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Marcus Samuelsson Speaking Topics

Yes, Chef

“One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up. In this inspiring speech, Samuelsson shares his remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of “chasing flavors,” as he calls it, had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial 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 from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. The audience experiences a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.

Intersection of Food, Business, Diversity, and Philanthropy

Eating with a Spiritual Compass

New American Table

Marcus Samuelsson Videos

My Y Story. | Marcus Samuelsson
Chef Marcus Samuelsson: I Got Nervous Before I Cooked For ...
Chef Marcus Samuelsson: There would be no American food without immigrants

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What topics does Marcus Samuelsson speak about?

Marcus Samuelsson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Celebrity Chef, Authors, Food & Beverage, Business, Immigration, Leadership, Lifestyle, Television & Film and Entertainment.

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Marcus Samuelsson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Celebrity Chef, Authors and Food & Beverage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Marcus Samuelsson for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Marcus Samuelsson generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rick Bayless, Roy Choi and Carla Hall. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marcus Samuelsson for an upcoming event.

Marcus Samuelsson Speaking Topics

  • Yes, Chef

    “One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus’s new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up. In this inspiring speech, Samuelsson shares his remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of “chasing flavors,” as he calls it, had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial 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 from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures—the price of ambition, in human terms—and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. The audience experiences a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors—one man’s struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.

  • Intersection of Food, Business, Diversity, and Philanthropy

  • Eating with a Spiritual Compass

  • New American Table

Marcus Samuelsson Videos

My Y Story. | Marcus Samuelsson
Chef Marcus Samuelsson: I Got Nervous Before I Cooked For ...
Chef Marcus Samuelsson: There would be no American food without immigrants
Express Written Consent: Marcus Samuelsson
Chef Marcus Samuelsson while delivering the keynote at the 2013 ...

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