Behind the tide of African cuisine making its way to the menus of top American eateries is the vision and talent of Ethiopian born, Swedish raised, American star, Marcus Samuelsson. Samuelsson was the youngest chef to earn three stars in the history of the New York Times, after he took the helm of Aquavit in New York.
He won the distinguished James Beard award for Rising Star Chef and then Best Chef in New York. People Magazine named him one of the most eligible bachelors and he is now married to model Gate (Maya) Haile. Samuelsson has hosted two TV shows, authored three cookbooks including the soon to be released The Soul of a New Cuisine, has his own line of cookware and a first-of-its-kind deal to create coffee blends for Starbucks. He is a critical force in shaping the cuisine around us and that is why I’m Obsessed with Marcus Samuelsson.