Marcus Samuelsson, chef and co-owner of Restaurant Aquavit, has received more accolades than most chefs receive in a lifetime: He was the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times from Ruth Reichl in 1995. In May of 2001, Aquavit was awarded another excellent, three-star review from The New York Timesâ€™ restaurant critic William Grimes. In 2003, Samuelsson received the great honor of â€śBest Chef: New York Cityâ€ť from the James Beard Foundation. In 1999, the James Beard Foundation also honored him as best â€śRising Star Chef.â€ť Samuelsson is proud of Aquavitâ€™s consecutive four-star ratings in Forbesâ€™ annual â€śAll-Star Eateriesâ€ť feature. He was individually recognized in Crainâ€™s New York Businessâ€™ annual â€ś40 Under 40â€ť at age 29; and was celebrated as one of â€śThe Great Chefs of Americaâ€ť by The Culinary Institute of America. Most recently, Samuelsson has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the â€śGlobal Leaders for Tomorrowâ€ť (GLT). The award, given out annually since 1993, recognizes young innovators from all corners of the world in the arenas of business, government, civil society, the arts and media. Both Samuelssonâ€™s talent in the kitchen as well as his successful business achievements continue to be recognized locally, nationally and globally.
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Books:Yes, Chef, July 2012
New American Table, November 2009
The Soul of a New Cuisine, September 2006
Aquavit, October 2003