Ethiopian-born and Sweden-raised Marcus Samuelsson is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, philanthropist and food activist.

After receiving critical acclaim as an 24-year-old executive chef at Restaurant Aquavit in 1995, Samuelsson continued his rise and eventually opened New York City’s acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem, which opened in December 2010.

Samuelsson has been featured on myriad television shows and his own television show, The Inner Chef, on Discovery Network. Samuelsson was recently honored as a guest chef at the White House under the Obama administration, where he planned and executed the first state dinner for the first family, Prime Minister Singh of India and 400 guests.

Samuelsson has been honored by the James Beard Foundation on multiple occasions including “Rising Star Chef” (1999), “Best Chef: New York City” (2003), and “Best International Cookbook” (2007) and continues to work with UNICEF towards immunization and curbing malnutrition for children throughout the world.