- Digital: 336 pages
- Publisher: Sphere; 1 edition (6 June 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405526513
- ISBN-13: 978-1405526517
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer review
Yes, Chef: A Memoir Digital – 6 Jun 2013
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'The Red Rooster's arrival in Harlem brought with it a chef who has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American. In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides to the foundations of family, hope, and downright good food'
President Bill Clinton
Ethiopian-born Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister, all battling tuberculosis, walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a new family in Sweden. There, his new grandmother Helga sparked in him a lifelong passion from food - from a very early age there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up.
Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson's extraordinary journey from Helga's humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his gruelling stints on cruise ships to Aquavit in New York, where at the age of 24 he became the youngest chef ever to be awarded a coveted three-star rating from the New York Times. But that's only a fraction of his story - since Aquavit there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and the opening of his beloved Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem to contend with. Not to mention an emotional journey to meet the father he never knew.
This is a tale of personal discovery, unshakeable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavours - one man's struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world.