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Published on February 11th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Chef Marcus Samuelsson On Valentine’s Day, Working With Pure Leaf & Upcoming Projects

Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster Shoreditch, and Marcus B&P. Samuelsson was the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including “Best Chef: New York City.” He was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of influential television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and served as a mentor on ABC series The Taste, beyond many other television appearances.

A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem. Samuelsson is co-chair of the board of directors for Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). In May 2016, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who Of Food & Beverage In America. He is the author of multiple books including The New York Times best-selling memoir Yes, Chef, the young adult version Make It Messy, the Marcus Off Duty cookbook, and his latest book The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story Of Food & Hustle In Harlem. In addition, Samuelsson is one of the founders of the website Food Republic.

Recent restaurant openings of Samuelsson’s include the Red Rooster Shoreditch in East London, Marcus B&P in Newark, New Jersey, and the Streetbird Express at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. Samuelsson recently announced the opening of his newest restaurant, Marcus — coming to Montreal — for Spring 2019. Samuelsson’s TV series titled No Passport Required debuted last summer.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Marcus Samuelsson — as embedded below — about life as a restauranteur, his love of Harlem, and his current work with Pure Leaf Herbal Iced Teas. Highlights from that chat, cooking demonstration included, are below. More on Chef Samuelsson and his various projects can be found online at

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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