June 29, 2012, 10:11 am
Marcus Samuelsson has been on shows like: Top Chef, Iron Chef America and Chopped. He joined Chad on The Morning Sports Page Friday to talk about his life as one of America’s great chefs.In being one of America’s top chefs, Samuelsson admitted that he owes a lot of his success to his native Ethiopia as well as his family. Samuelsson lost his mother to a bout with tuberculosis at the age of three. Although the time was difficult he said that it may have ended up being one of the best things that has ever happened because it allowed him to get adopted into a very loving family in Sweden that took care of him better than he could have been taken care of had he stayed in Sweden.
In his interview, Samuelsson insisted that his time spent in the kitchen has been more than just time spent cooking. The kitchen is where Samualsson learned the most about himself as a person. Being in the kitchen allowed him to learn foreign languages and interact with people of various cultures. In addition, Samuelsson maintains that the lessons he learned in the kitchen enabled him to survive in other countries.
When he’s not busy participating in Food Network competitions or judging Food Network competitions, Samuelsson likes to spend his time at his restaurant Red Rooster, which is located in Harlem, New York. Samuelsson asserts that having a restaurant in the Harlem area is a dream come true for him because he has been able to serve people of all origins and he has been able to create jobs for people who are looking for a fresh start.
Samuelsson just released a new book this week entitled, “Yes, Chef.” Be sure to check it out to find out how one man’s journey through the world allowed him to become one of the biggest names in food and make sure to check him out on The Food Network’s “Chopped” every Tuesday.