Chef Marcus Samuelsson has made celebrating Harlem a part of his professional mission, from basing restaurants like Streetbird Rotisserie and Red Rooster there to co-founding the Harlem EatUp! Festival which kicks off its second annual four-day festivities this weekend. Marcus is with us in the studio to talk about this aspect of his career, his upcoming Red Rooster London, and other personal and industry news.
“If I’m a chef with a platform, and have opportunities, more than I can take care of, I should share, my duty is to share. And that’s what I do together with our team. Harlem EatUp! is the fruit of that…in a time where most people are overexposed, these small restaurants are underexposed.” [17:00] – Marcus Samuelsson