Marcus Samuelsson Biography
A native of, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Marcus Samuelsson is an Ethiopian-born Swedish-American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He is the leader chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York.
Marcus Samuelsson Age
Samuelsson is 51 years old as of 2022. He was born on 25 January 1971 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Marcus Samuelsson Height
Samuelsson stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) tall and weighs 75 kilograms.
Marcus Samuelsson Education
After Samuelsson became curious about cooking through his maternal grandmother in Sweden, he studied at the Culinary Institute in Göteborg (Gothenburg) where he was brought up. He apprenticed in Switzerland and Austria and then came to the United States in 1994 as a trainee at Restaurant Aquavit.
Marcus Samuelsson Family
At the age of three, Samuelsson lost his biological mother to the tuberculosis epidemic in Ethiopia at the time. His father, who still lives in Marcus’ birthplace – an Ethiopian village – is an Orthodox priest from the Tewahedo Church. He was separated from his family due to the turmoil of the civil war in Ethiopia in 1974.
Samuelsson’s real name is Kassahun Tsegie. Changed after he was adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson. Her older sister was also adopted by the same white couple. Ann is a housewife while Lennart is a geologist. The duo who lived in Gothenburg, Sweden has another adopted daughter, Anna Samuelsson.
Marcus Samuelsson Wife
Samuelsson married Maya Haile, a model, in 2009. Maya was born in Ethiopia and raised in the Netherlands. Marcus and Maya had a destination wedding in Ethiopia and a large number of Maya’s family members attended the ceremony.
They enjoyed the rich African culture of food and other ceremonial treats. The pair lives with their son in Harlem, New York, where two of Samuelsson’s twelve restaurants are also based.
Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth
Samuelsson has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Marcus Samuelsson Red Rooster Harlem
Samuelsson has teamed up with Audible for a new seven-part series based on the Red Rooster Cookbook called Our Harlem. In this innovative, fun fusion of storytelling and cooking, you’ll listen and cook along with Chef and his friends as they talk about the rich culture and history of Harlem and enjoy great music.
Marcus Samuelsson Chef
Samuelsson learned to cook alongside his Swedish grandmother. Samuelsson started as an apprentice at the Swedish restaurant ‘Aquavit’ in New York in 1994 and worked his way up to the executive chef. In just a few months, the restaurant was awarded three stars by ‘The New York Times.’ He was the youngest chef to ever receive a 3-star rating the following year, at the age of 23.
Samuelsson progressed from a wunderkind of Scandinavian cuisine to a culinary explorer who dug deep into his own roots over time. During his visit to Ethiopia, he learned about berbere spice mixes and how to prepare flat, spongy injera bread. He eventually published ‘The Soul of a New Food: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa,’ a cookbook about African cuisine.
Marcus Samuelsson Tv Shows
- Top Chef Family Style 2021
- Iron Chef America 2005 – 2018
- The Taste 2013 – 2015
- No Passport Required Since 2018
- Chopped Since 2009
- Tournament Of Champions Since 2020
- The Feed Since 2014
- Star Plates Since 2016
- The Food That Built America Since 2019
- Chopped Challenge At Home Since 2021
- Food Interrupted Since 2018
- Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays Since 2016
- Unique Eats Since 2010
- The Da Vinci List Since 2015
- Ultimate Holiday Feast Since 2014
- Inner Chef with Marcus Samuelsson Since 2005