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S4:E2 Marcus Samuelsson I Going Global, Staying Local

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"As people of color, we’ve always dealt with crisis but what has never stopped is our capability to invent. We created some of the best dishes during the roughest times. We created some of the best art. Art, where does hip hop come from? It comes from struggle. We created some of the best music during these times. So, I think if you want to create a business, you cannot do it without walking through the struggle.” Marcus Samuelsson

When you think of the culinary world, few names resonate with the dynamism that Marcus Samuelsson brings to the table, curating and cooking his way through the complexities of identity, heritage, music and art, and community, to create an unforgettable dining experience.

Busy as ever, Marcus opened two restaurants recently in New York City, Metropolis within the Perelman Performing Arts Center on the site of the World Trade Center, and Hav & Mar in Chelsea where the New York Times journalist, Pete Wells, review noted the diversity of staff and clientele he found to be a rarity. In the cultural hub of Atlanta, Marcus Bar and Grille made its debut, and expanding to his first restaurant in Africa, located on the top floor of East Africa’s tallest building, experience Marcus Addis, he and wife, Maya’s, homecoming restaurant located in vibrant Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As one of his driving passions. Marcus delves into the essence of philanthropy, emphasizing that it's not always about writing checks. It's about being present, sharing knowledge, and making a tangible difference in the lives of others. His approach is a lesson in how we can all contribute to the world in meaningful ways. Hear how Marcus uses his platform to uplift communities, champion women of color in the industry, and inspire the next generation of chefs.

As I spoke with Marcus, it became clear that this is a dialogue about life, legacy, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. It's about the courage to dream, the resilience to overcome, and the joy of sharing one's passion with the world, a testament to how culinary arts can be a powerful tool for change.

Stay tuned to the end of the guest interview when international speaker, writer and diplomat Ambassador Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz) spends a few moments unpacking the discussion and highlights some of the interesting people, places and things that have her attention.

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