Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef who has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence. Marcus caught the attention of the culinary world at Aquavit. During his tenure as executive chef, he received an impressive three-star rating from the New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade.
Marcus is the author of several cookbooks including the James Beard Award Winning The Soul of a New Cuisine and Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. In addition to being a successful cookbook author, Marcus released his New York Times Bestseller and James Beard wining memoir Yes, Chef in 2012 to rave reviews.
Marcus was the winner on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” season two, as well as the second season of “Chopped All-Stars”. Marcus serves as a recurring judge for “Chopped”, one of Food Network’s highest-rated series with a following of over 20 million viewers a month and was a mentor on ABC’s “The Taste”, guiding a team of new culinary talent through a series of challenges. Marcus is also the founder of the acclaimed website Food Republic.
In 2009, Marcus was selected as a guest chef at the White House under the Obama Administration, where he planned and executed the administration’s first state dinner honoring Prime Minister Singh of India.
Paying homage to Harlem’s culturally rich and diverse neighborhood, Marcus Samuelsson has created a restaurant that focuses on elevated American comfort food against a backdrop of warm colors, stimulating art and soulful sounds. The 3,400 square-foot space houses a restaurant, a breakfast cafe, a grocery, a horseshoe-shaped bar and a communal table.
The basement space is reserved for private parties and cooking classes and demonstrations.
Located in the heart of Harlem, Red Rooster serves comfort food celebrating the roots of American cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of the neighborhood. Named in honor of the legendary Harlem speakeasy, Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his passion for food to the neighborhood he calls home.