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Chef Marcus Samuelsson on immigration, creativity, and Anthony Bourdain


August 13, 2018 07:00

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Marcus Samuelsson is the Michelin-starred chef behind Harlem’s The Red Rooster
an award-winning cookbook author,the winner of the first season of Top Chef:
Masters, ;nd the host of No Passport Required, a new food and travel show from
Eater and PBS. Samuelsson’s story is remarkable. He was born in Ethiopia to a
mother who carried him and his sister 75 miles on foot to a hospital when all
three of them were suffering from tuberculosis. Samuelsson’s mother died, but
he and his sister survived and were adopted by a Swedish family, which is
where he grew up. He’s lived and cooked all over the world — Japan, France,
Austria, Switzerland — and has a pile of Michelin stars as a testament to his
ability to see how the culinary traditions of one place can be informed by
another, or introduced to another. This is a conversation about creativity and
how diversity powers it. It’s a conversation about what immigration adds to
communities, rather than just the role it plays in politics. And it’s a
conversation — an emotional one — about what Samuelsson learned from his
friend Anthony Bourdain, whose show No Reservations set the template in this
space, and whose loss continues to be Read more
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