ANDREW CHAPMAN CEO and Co-Founder
Andrew is the CEO and co-founder of the Samuelsson Group. He works at the core of brand development and helped create Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club. He is the co-founder of FoodRepublic.com, a food and lifestyle site for men. Andrew also designed Ambessa Tea, a tea line that produces blends that reflect Marcus’ passion for world-wide food ways and culinary creativity. Andrew began his hospitality career with August Restaurant, located in the West Village of New York City, and reopened the Blue Parrot, East Hampton's renowned Tex-Mex eatery.
NILS NOREN Vice President, Restaurant Operations
Nils served as the chef de cuisine of Aquavit for 5 years, working side-by-side with chef Marcus Samuelsson before being promoted to executive chef in 2003. Nils has traveled extensively across the globe & has cooked in every continent. He continues to bravely explore the future of food. Nils left the restaurant in 2006 to accept a prestigious appointment as Vice President of Culinary Arts for The FCI’s culinary, pastry, bread, and Italian food departments. He successfully built the school’s culinary program to one of the best in the world.
CHRISTINA WANG Vice President, Strategy & Finance
Christina was the Director of Education, Consulting Services and Special Projects for The French Culinary Institute. She is a Certified Specialist of Spirits and holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. She has also worked for JP Morgan and Booz & Co prior to joining the Samuelsson Group.
DEREK FLEMING Business Development Director
Derek was the economic development director of the NY Empowerment Zone, where he managed a fund that financed the start up and expansion of numerous retail, restaurant, hotel and non-profit operations. Previously, he did acquisitions and developed sustainability strategies at Cherokee Investment Partners. Derek received his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
ERICA MORRIS Director of Special Events
Erica has an extensive culinary and media background with a focus on event sales and production. She was Director of Events and Strategic Partnerships at Gourmet magazine, where she oversaw the brand's signature event, The Gourmet Institute. Erica has also worked in events at New York and People magazines. Erica is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
JEANNETTE PARK Content Director
Bringing more than 10 years of journalistic experience to the Samuelsson Group, Jeannette oversees the editorial for MarcusSamuelsson.com and coordinates media content for PR, branding and marketing initiatives. She has written on a variety of topics for New York, Manhattan, BizBash, and other publications and has contributed to numerous city and travel guides. Jeannette received her masters degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.