Marcus Samuelsson wants more guys in the kitchen. With his new site, FoodRepublic.com, the Harlem-based cook is encouraging more men to don the aprons and get their hands dirty. “Almost the way GQ taught us about style 20-30 years ago,” Samuelsson says, “Food Republic guides the men to be confident in the kitchen.”
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Samuelsson, known throughout the world for his culinary prowess and owner of Harlem’s Red Rooster, is also grateful to America. He is influenced by his cultural heritage – a mix of Ethiopian and Swedish – but credits America for his success in this industry.
“What I love about America is it’s very welcoming to immigrants – it’s very welcoming to new ideas,” he says. ”This is a country where there’s a line out the door where people want to come for me to cook an be inspired. That’s an incredible story.”
Related: Did you know Samuelsson is a UNICEF Ambassador? Learn more here.
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