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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Marcus Samuelsson on cooking, learning, art, food, racism, restaurants, writing, humanity, health and management.

169 Great Quotes By Marcus Samuelsson That Will Tempt You To Wear Your Apron

Quick Facts

Famous As: Chef

Born On: January 25, 1970

Born In: Addis Ababa

Marcus Samuelsson is a renowned Ethiopian-Swedish raised chef who has been honored with various awards for his prolific culinary skills. He was introduced to the art of cooking by his grandmother who was a homemaker and a passionate chef. This love for cooking made him pursue his graduation from the renowned ‘Culinary Institute’ before moving to the US in search of opportunities. There he landed up at a job with a Swedish restaurant where he eventually became the executive chef. Within a few months he led the restaurant to a three-star rating and also became the youngest chef to get a three-star rating. He soon started experimenting with various cuisines and also aimed at evolving some of the daily food items to make them healthier. These experiments and his art of innovation eventually made him a global celebrity. He was the guest chef at the first state dinner of President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009. Apart from being counted among the best chefs in the world, he has also authored various cook books that have turned out to be best-sellers. He is also popular as a philanthropist and does significant charitable work in order to serve the humanity. Go through these quotes and thoughts by Marcus Samuelsson which besides being inspiring also reflect his determination towards the art of cooking.
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Hard work IS its own reward. Integrity IS priceless. Art DOES feed the soul.

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I am a chef through and through. Everything I do - whether it is cooking for kids in Harlem or cooking in a fine dining establishment - all my days are consumed by food.

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I'm a big believer in the negligee, that nearly invisible screen standing between you and the object of your desire.

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Taking dishes straight off the restaurant's menu and putting them into a cookbook doesn't work, because as a chef you have your own vision of what your food is, but you can't always explain it. Or you can't pick recipes that best illustrate who and where you are and what you're doing. And if the recipes don't work, you don't have a book.

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Simple ingredients can be used to make elegant dishes with just a little extra attention to detail.

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For many sports fans, the onset of fall only means one thing: It's football season!

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I love using rice as a flour; I'll grind roasted rice and dip fish in that. It gives a beautiful, crunchy texture.

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Packing lunches and going over menus is a great way to make small changes in the way your kids eat.

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Just us two men," my father said, my father who had so longed for a son that he had flown paper planes--adoption forms in triplicate--all the way to Africa to make his dream come true.

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I'm OK with firing people when they fuck up, but canning them when they've done nothing wrong - that's painful. [on the layoffs needed after 9/11 hit the business]

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Sweden was once a very homogenous society, but no more. For decades, people have been coming into Sweden from all over the world, and that's changed the way we cook.

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My father was a big influence - it was very important to him that we traveled, and he gave me my strong work ethic.

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I am many different things, and that is why I am so proud to be American.

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Every day, whether I am teaching or entertaining - I absolutely love bringing different people and cultures together.

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I feel fortunate to be part of the cooking community. We learn from each other.

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Getting to a place of comfort can be uncomfortable.

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I want to make sure the cooking industry becomes more and more diverse.

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Harlem is not a playground for rich bankers and consultants. It's got students of all colors. It's got old people who keep history and tell tall tales.

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I had seen the photographs of Harlem in its glory days, stylish men in bespoke suits, women so well dressed that they'd put the models in 'Vogue' to shame. I knew that Harlemites loved to dance, to pray, and to eat.

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Everyone's favorite breakfast dish can be prepared in a moment's time with just a few ingredients and minimum effort.

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I always suggest something fast and simple so you have more time to share with friends; and when we think of the ultimate food to serve for a football game, only one thing comes to mind - wings!

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While I'm more of a soccer and tennis fan myself, I still enjoying catching some football games when I get the chance.

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The avocado is native to the Mexican state of Puebla, which helps explain why it's so popular in Mexican cooking.

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Not only does the summer bring warm weather and tons of summer activities, but it also yields a fresh crop of increasingly useful avocados!

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Many popsicles you'll find in a supermarket have a lot of unwanted sugar or preservatives, but with a few ingredients you can make healthier popsicles with any flavor you can imagine.

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I met Charlie Trotter before I actually saw him in person; I was 24 when I first opened the pages of Charlie's cookbook 'Charlie Trotter's' and was greeted by a man I would know and admire for the next 20 years.

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I'm an avid runner and play soccer every weekend, but I also have to constantly watch what I eat, and I'm always thinking about how to balance my meals.

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People come up to me all the time and ask how I stay the way I am, and it's no secret. The first lesson a chef needs to learn is how to handle a knife; the second is how to be around all that food.

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We can all agree that government can't solve the obesity crisis alone. It's an ongoing issue that will require a collaborative effort across private and public sectors if we want to see some long-term success.

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Here's a thought: what if we ban the word 'healthy food' from our culinary vocabulary? I'm not talking about banning foods that are considered healthy. I'm talking about changing the way we think about food overall.

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When I ride the subway back and forth, sometimes I look at the other passengers and wonder if any of them are children who have been adopted or parents who have adopted.

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My parents were there: in front of me, behind me, in the middle of my life at all times: reprimanding me, giving me confidence, teaching me valuable lessons, to help make me the man I am today.

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The same ten dollars you spend on lunch is all it costs for City Harvest to feed 37 kids who are hungry. That's pretty astounding.

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It's key to know which essential foods will keep you going and help your body recover after hard work.

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While keeping active is a major aspect of staying fit, what you use for fuel definitely factors in.

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For me, brunch is such a versatile meal since you can play on both the sweet and savory in your dishes.

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As a chef and activist, I'm particularly concerned with food politics issues such as the farm bill.

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The Swedish Christmas is definitely unique, even throughout Scandinavia. Like Christmas everywhere, it's a very family-centered holiday.

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The holidays are my favorite time of year! Christmas was always one of the biggest celebrations in Sweden, and I look forward to the festivities each year.

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The fact is that more and more people are developing a sensitivity to gluten, without necessarily being allergic to it.

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Since the gluten-free diet is not for everyone, it's recommended that you stick with a gluten-free diet for at least 3 weeks first to see if it works for you.

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While most individuals use the flesh of the coconut in their cooking, coconut water and oil are also known to have numerous health benefits.

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Pot lucks are fun, especially when you encourage your guests to bring dishes that represent their families or cultures.

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With all the endless varieties and toppings you can add to burgers, there's no need to keep munching on the boring burgers and ketchup found at all the tailgating events and BBQs.

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As a chef, I always have in mind how to properly feed the public, but at times it's easy to forget that some people have trouble even getting any food, much less adequate nutrition.

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Many people are turned off at eating vegetarian because of the misconception that all dishes are just an arrangement of bland vegetables.

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Eating vegetarian doesn't mean you have to eat boring, humdrum dishes.

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In America, we are engaged in constant battle with food.

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I've lived all over the world, but Harlem is very special to me, and when I decided to open a restaurant near my home, I didn't want it to be business as usual.

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For centuries, soup kitchens have been a way for local communities to offer a way of support, both nutritional and emotional to their less lucky neighbors.

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People might not protest for overtly political or social causes, but when they can't feed themselves and their family, they will take to the streets.

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When you are already eating as cheaply and meagerly as possible, any raise in cost can quickly plunge you and your family into hunger.

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Between the ages of six and nine, my palette was taking shape as well as my identity as a chef. It was then that I learned the difference between salty, sweet, sour and even spicy.

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The dialogue and conversation about food is everywhere - television, chat rooms, social media outlets and among everyday conversations.

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I learned at a young age what chasing flavors meant, and I've been doing that my whole life.

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I credit my grandmother for teaching me to love and respect food. She taught me how to waste nothing, to make sure I used every bit of the chicken and boil the bones till no flavor could be extracted from them.

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I'm a firm believer that people find their own passions.

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Let the fresh fruits and vegetables be your guide, and make something that will keep for the whole week.

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Since truffle oil and caviar aren't always in the budget, learning to tweak and enhance just a few ingredients and flavor combinations can help you transform those ordinary ingredients into the extraordinary!

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A juicy chicken breast can be the perfect accompaniment to a classic Caesar salad or a club sandwich. It's also easy to cook, and can be as simple as dressing it with a few spices and popping in the oven.

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I love chicken. But, like a lot of chefs and cooks, I get tired of preparing it the same way.

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Although I believe affection and romance should be shown all year around, it's always smart to have a good plan up your sleeve for Valentine's Day.

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Whether you're on a diet, or you're looking for a go-to one bowl dinner recipe, salads should be thought of as crowd-pleasers, not a dreaded component of a meal.

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My father loved to take us on historical vacations, and you should have seen the stares we received in East Berlin.

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The journey into adoption started for my parents, as it does with so many families: my mother and father desperately wanted to have kids, but they couldn't.

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It's fascinating when you're from another place, but you don't speak the language.

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The food business is very tough, but there's also a lot of love and very giving.

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I've been lucky to travel and work all over the world through the lens of the back of the house, and I love that monocle. I love that lens, because it's real people.

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There are so many times there could have been a left turn instead of a right turn in all people's lives. I think mine are pretty crystal clear, because of being adopted, being born in Ethiopia, being adopted to Sweden.

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Cooking turkey every year doesn't have to be monotonous - I want people to always mix it up using different spices and preparations.

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Being an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef, there's nothing traditional about my Thanksgiving spread.

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I can take a lot of pride that I can launch cookbooks and there's an audience out there that supports that.

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I want people to understand my journey and to be inspired by that. You can be an immigrant, and if you work really hard, you can have your own restaurant.

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I love having a croissant and a great cup of coffee. Just one cup.

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I feel like there's a lot of tasks in cooking that I want to master, that I want to do better.

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I started cooking for the love of cooking, and I am going to keep cooking whether there's a celebrity aspect to it or not.

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I have never seen a picture of my mother. My mother's family never owned a photograph of her, which tells you everything you need to know about where I'm from and what the world was like for the people who gave me life.

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Healthy can be the new good. Eating delicious should not be sacrificed because it's healthy.

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If it's done really well, you don't want big portions because you think, 'That was so fulfilling. I'm not stuffed. I feel great.'

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There shouldn't be an announcement that divides our food between what tastes good and what is good for us.

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I'm an American chef. I'm American. I live here. I love being here. But, of course, it is different. A black man's journey is different.

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I stand behind everything I've done.

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Criticism is part of the creative man's journey, and I appreciate it.

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To become a good cook is to know yourself, and I, at this point, know myself. I know myself, and I know the cook I want to be and the cook I am striving to be.

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Food has always been in my life. Being born in Ethiopia, where there was a lack of food, and then really cooking with my grandmother Helga in Sweden. And my grandmother Helga was a cook's cook.

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Most of my education has been around food.

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I had great schooling, and my parents were always in front of me, or next to me, or behind me, making sure I had whatever I needed.

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As an adopted person, once you find out about that 'other' side of yourself, it's almost like you find out who you really are.

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I don't have memories of Ethiopia as a child. I didn't learn about Ethiopian culture until after I moved to New York and started meeting people from the Ethiopian community.

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We know so much about the European food story, and we're getting to know about the American food story; but we know so little about the African food story.

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I would love to take a cooking class from Gandhi. Maybe I could teach him how to cook, and he could teach me his message. I wouldn't mind learning how to make couscous from scratch from a North African woman, either.

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Salad can get a bad rap. People think of bland and watery iceberg lettuce, but in fact, salads are an art form, from the simplest rendition to a colorful kitchen-sink approach.

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I don't distinguish the music I listen to from great music - it's just music. There shouldn't be an announcement that divides our food between what tastes good and what is good for us.

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In the harrowing aftermath of Haiti's earthquake, one of the greatest needs became desperately clear: safe water.

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They say never trust a skinny chef, but the fact is, to stay healthy when you're a chef means you have to work twice as hard.

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The reasons for food insecurity are many and varied. But part of the problem is the global farming systems.

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When I get the chance to make my favorite breakfast on the weekend, I often choose to make pancakes.

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Weekends are sacred for me. They're the perfect time to relax and spend time with family and friends.

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Not only are pasta dishes delicious, but they are also great, easy options for a quick dinner during a busy weekday.

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Pasta isn't just for Italian food anymore. Now there are tasty pasta recipes found in Asian cuisine, and it's emerging as a newfound love for vegans.

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In the hot summer months, popsicles are a perfect way to cool down while enjoying a delicious, fruity treat. Frozen, refreshing, mouth-friendly candy on a stick cannot get any better... or can it?

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Chefs don't eat at normal hours, so the only time you feel like you really need a meal is after service, when you're exhausted and just crave something to help you wind down.

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Going meatless reduces our carbon footprint and helps us lead the way towards climate change.

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Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday - it's a day that's American to the core and it's a day that's all about what and how we eat.

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