Yes, Chef: MARCUS SAMUELSSON in conversation with Paul Holdengräber
Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister—all battling tuberculosis—walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later they were welcomed into a loving middle-class family in Göteborg, Sweden. It was there that his new grandmother Helga sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and signature roast chicken. From that stage of his early life, there was little question what Marcus was going to become when he grew up.
MetLife Foundation is the Lead Corporate Sponsor of the Lunch Hour NYC exhibition and related programming. Additional support for this exhibition has been generously provided by the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, and Jonathan Altman.