What’s Cooking?: Top Black Celebrity Chefs

June 29, 2011  |  

Marcus Samuelsson

At 24, Marcus Samuelsson became executive chef of Aquavit in New York.  He soon followed up that appointment with the distinction of becoming the youngest person ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times.  From there his career as celebrity chef took off.  In addition to his recognition as a world-class chef, Samuelsson is an award-winning cookbook author with titles in both English and Swedish.  The Ethiopian born, Swedish bred chef wrote an African-inspired cookbook The Soul of a New Cuisine which received the  “Best International Cookbook”  prize from the James Beard Foundation.  He’s also had a television show, “Inner Chef”, which aired in 2005 on Discovery Home Channel and yet another program in 2008, “Urban Cuisine” on BET J/Centric.  These days he’s holding it down at Red Rooster, a Harlem hotspot, he opened last year.

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