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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Says the Best Ethiopian Cook in His House Is His Wife

What he eats, between running restaurants, writing books, and staying connected with his family

Andrea Strong
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6 min readMar 6, 2020

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Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster in Harlem. Photo: Matt Dutile

Marcus Samuelsson shows no signs of slowing down.

At 49, the Ethiopian-born chef owns multiple restaurants, among them Red Rooster with locations in Harlem, London and Miami; Marcus’ Bermuda; Marcus B&P in Newark, New Jersey; and Norda in Sweden.

Samuelsson, who was raised by his adoptive family in Sweden, has written several books, including The New York Times-bestselling memoir “Yes, Chef,” and the young adult book “Make it Messy.” His PBS/Vox television series, “No Passport Required,” in which he crosses the United States uncovering immigrant culture and cuisine, began its second season in January 2020.

The Miami location of Red Rooster, to be housed in the former Clyde Killens pool hall, a notable 1960's hot spot, is Samuelsson’s effort to move the needle on Black community development and empowerment in Overtown, Miami’s historic African American neighborhood. To invest in the local community, the restaurant is partnering with the Overtown Community Redevelopment Agency and will follow Samuelsson’s traditional Red Rooster employment…

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Andrea Strong
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Andrea Strong is a journalist who covers the intersection of food, policy, business and law. She is also the founder of the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance.