Marcus Samuelsson on how his inspiration is a melting pot flavors

August 7, 2015 3:00 PM

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Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson had a traditional road to the kitchen, training in Michelin-star-rated restaurants from France to Switzerland. But his influences – his homeland of Ethiopia, ‪‪his childhood in Sweden, his adopted home of Harlem in New York City – were anything but typical, and they created the wide array of flavors that inspire his cuisine.

Adopted as a young boy by a Swedish family after his mother died of tuberculosis, the 45-year-old Samuelsson says he developed his love for food while watching his‪‪ grandmother, Helga, make her famous roasted chicken, pan-fried herring and black bread.

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