Chef Marcus Samuelsson Brings Flavor to Atlanta for Black History Month #MacysCulture Tuesday 21 February, 2017
Macy’s always does an amazing job with their Black History Month presentation and this time we brought the flavors of Harlem to Atlanta. Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who is a proud ambassador of Macy’s Culinary Council, graced the stage for a live show-style cooking demo to feed the audience while giving us flavor of food and a mini black history lesson in the mix. Before the demo, we got some live jazz music performances by Harlem-based band The Rakiem Walker Project and NYC-based dance group W.A.F.F.L.E.! to give us a feel of Harlem style and a hint of the NYC and Harlem Renaissance Blue style. Real Smooth.
Who is Marcus Samuelsson? Chef Marcus Samuelsson took the culinary world by storm at age 24 after becoming the youngest chef to ever receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times! Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden Samuelsson brings a unique fusion of culinary talents making his recipes anything but ordinary!
Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson will had a special cooking event to Celebrate his new cookbook, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem and Black History Month! He prepared 3 meals that are inspired by his restaurant and the Harlem area. Great dishes and all of the recipes are found in his new book. He gave so many great tidbits and answered amazing questions such as, ” Will African Food become as popular as other cuisines around the world”? His answer. “All food is African. Many of the foods you think is from that region, actually gets its root from Africa itself.”
For example: Belgium Chocolate is very popular but where in Belgium do the cocoa plants grow? They don’t, they have to import cocoa from Africa.
French Roast coffee is also considered very popular, but again where in France do you import coffee beans? Once again, you have to get coffee beans imported from Africa.
Mini Black History lesson in the form of food!
What I loved about the cooking demo, besides tasting the food of course, was the interactive presentation he had. The former Top Chef winner not only showcased us live how to cook these three meals, but also had two little young helpers to create these demo. It’s super sweet to get the youth involved. Shows like Jr.Masterchef and even just social media itself is breeding a little foodie generation and its so cute to watch them get in the kitchen and help.
After the cooking demo and tasting it was an opportunity for fans to get a copy of the book and get it autographed and photo ops too. The event was done in the Macy’s home goods area, and all a customer had to do was spend $30 or more to get a copy of the book for free along with an autograph and photo. He had several fans waiting for him to sign that book and take photos! No shocking…lots of kids who were anxious too!
Once again, another amazing turn out for Macy’s to celebrate Black History Month in a unique way. History isn’t always about a person or a place, we rarely talk about the history of food. Thanks Chef Marcus Samuelsson for we all walked away learning a little more about our food roots and flavors of Harlem.