The USA Character Approved Blog has now officially launched! For my first post-soft launch post, I’m profiling chef Marcus Samuelsson.
For many of us, Marcus Samuelsson first appeared on our radar screens when he was chosen to cook the Obamas’ first White House state dinner last November. But the accomplished young chef had already made quite a name for himself. At age 24, he was named co-owner and executive chef of New York’s Aquavit, transforming the Swedish restaurant with his willingness to use distinctly non-Swedish ingredients such as curry and lemongrass. And he is the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times.
Samuelsson comes by his global approach to cooking naturally. He was born in an Ethiopia village. When he was three, his mother died of tuberculosis, and he and his sister were adopted and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden.
To find out more about how Samuelsson became a chef and came to adopt New York as his home—and how he finds time to help children around the world, through UNICEF and other organizations—read my full profile at the USA Character Approved Blog.
And while you’re there, check out some of the other writers. Each week, you’ll find articles on architecture, art, design, fashion, film/TV, music, social good/giving, technology/new media and writing (well, and pieces on food and occasionally drink, written by me).
USA Network created the Character Approved initiative to celebrate the people, places and things that are transforming the American Cultural landscape. The Character Approved Blog is an outgrowth of USA Network’s annual Character Approved Awards that pay tribute to the innovators who are influencing our opinions, our style and our view of the world.