Steve in Conversation with Marcus Samuelsson

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Steve chaired a business lunch with esteemed Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson in his Red Rooster Shoreditch restaurant last week.

The event, organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, celebrated Marcus’ remarkable achievements, delving into his life and influences.

A celebrated chef, author and personality, Marcus’ work honours the diverse cultural influences of his life. His menus bring together elements from all the places in the world he has lived and worked.

He became the youngest chef to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times, cooked Barack Obama’s first State Dinner as President, and produces and hosts the show No Passport Required on PBS. He has also written a selection of successful cookbooks.

In 2010, he opened his first Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, and launched the Shoreditch branch in 2017.

Fascinating stories

Steve was delighted to be asked to interview Marcus, as he was able to bring his own twist and flair to the interview drawing on Steve’s own remarkable story and roots in Shoreditch.

The pair hit it off from the outset, connecting not only through their fascinating stories but also their shared positive outlook. This bond was further strengthened when Marcus revealed that, both when launching Red Rooster Shoreditch and in the early stages of planning, Steve was a central feature of the moodboard.

Steve interviewed Marcus about his background, his proudest career moments, the ethos behind his restaurants, and his future plans. In particular, Marcus discussed his thoughts on the role of sustainability in the food chain.

The sold out event took place on Friday lunchtime, providing an insightful and inspiring end to the working week. Steve thoroughly enjoyed speaking with Marcus and was full of praise for his work and achievements. “He’s not just a great chef, he’s also a truly amazing guy!” Steve said.

For more information about the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and their upcoming events, visit their website.

To stay up to date with Marcus including his latest news, events and recipes, visit his website.

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All photos courtesy of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

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