Marcus Samuelsson Group
Founded by award-winning chef, international restaurateur, and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson. From high-end restaurants and fast-casual cafes to festivals and special events, the Group is committed to creating outstanding culinary experiences that celebrate food, music, culture and art. Distinction, community and diversity are core to our beliefs and offerings.
Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur & Author
Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who 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, as well as his first of five James Beard Awards. An international restauranteur, he has 32 restaurant locations spanning the United States, Sweden, Norway, and Bermuda. His latest restaurant, Marcus National Harbor opened in Maryland in December 2016, and Red Rooster Shoreditch is slated to open in England in Spring 2017.
Marcus is the author of six successful cookbooks, including his latest entitled Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. In addition, his memoir Yes, Chef became a New York Times Bestseller and a version was later adapted for young readers. He is also a co-founder of FoodRepublic.com, an online magazine that explores the culture of food through stories, interviews, global conversations, and experiences, which was acquired in 2013. He has competed on and won both Top Chef Master and Chopped All-Star, and he has also served as a recurring judge for Chopped and The Taste. He regularly appears on popular television shows including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Martha Stewart Show, Today Show, LIVE with Kelly, and Charlie Rose. An engaging speaker, Marcus had the pleasure of taking the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and TEDxHarlem.
In 2009, Marcus was honored as a guest chef at the White House where he planned and executed the President Obama’s first state dinner for 400 guests, which he considers a highlight of his career. He is also on the US State Department’s American Chef Corps, which seeks to enhance formal diplomacy, cultivate cultural understanding and strengthen relationships through the shared experience of food. A committed philanthropist, Marcus has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2000, focusing his advocacy on water and sanitation issues, and is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which promotes and provides career opportunities in the food service industry for under-served youth, through culinary arts education and employment.