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

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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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Books
Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

Yes, Chef: A Memoir

Yes, Chef: A Memoir

New American Table

New American Table

Discovery Of A Continent - Foods, Flavors, And Inspirations From Africa

Discovery Of A Continent - Foods, Flavors, And Inspirations From Africa

The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa

The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa

Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine

Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine

Speaking Topics
  • New American Table

  • Eating with a Spiritual Compass

  • Intersection of Food, Business, Diversity, and Philanthropy

  • 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.

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Marcus Samuelsson

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

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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.

Marcus Samuelsson Videos

  • My Y Story. | Marcus Samuelsson
    As a volunteer at the Harlem YMCA in New York, Marcus Samuelsson gives back to his community by teaching kids how to cook and then ...
  • Chef Marcus Samuelsson: I Got Nervous Before I Cooked For ...
    Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson has had a lot of success in the culinary world, but his life began with hardships in Ethiopia. In this ...
  • Express Written Consent: Marcus Samuelsson

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Marcus Samuelsson Speaking Topics

  • New American Table

  • Eating with a Spiritual Compass

  • Intersection of Food, Business, Diversity, and Philanthropy

  • 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.

FAQs on booking Marcus Samuelsson

  • How to book Marcus Samuelsson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Marcus Samuelsson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Marcus Samuelsson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Marcus Samuelsson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Marcus Samuelsson?

    Booking fees for Marcus Samuelsson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Marcus Samuelsson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Marcus Samuelsson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marcus Samuelsson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marcus Samuelsson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Marcus Samuelsson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Marcus Samuelsson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Marcus Samuelsson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Marcus Samuelsson for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. 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 Richard Blais, Rick Bayless, Ted Allen, Art Smith and Adam Richman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marcus Samuelsson for an upcoming event.

Marcus Samuelsson Speaker Videos

  • My Y Story. | Marcus Samuelsson
    As a volunteer at the Harlem YMCA in New York, Marcus Samuelsson gives back to his community by teaching kids how to cook and then ...
    Chef Marcus Samuelsson: I Got Nervous Before I Cooked For ...
    Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson has had a lot of success in the culinary world, but his life began with hardships in Ethiopia. In this ...
  • Express Written Consent: Marcus Samuelsson
    Chef Marcus Samuelsson while delivering the keynote at the 2013 ...

Marcus Samuelsson Speaking Topics

  • New American Table

  • Eating with a Spiritual Compass

  • Intersection of Food, Business, Diversity, and Philanthropy

  • 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.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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