We’re proud to bring back our popular panel discussion series – Talk Shop Live! Each of our events in this series offers a chance for guests to converge with a diverse group of experts to share honest thoughts on culinary, social, cultural and economic factors in the food industry today. In 2018, we are proud to welcome award-winning chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson as our host.


"I believe the role of a restaurant is to share culture and bring communities together through food. And while building my career as a chef and restaurant owner, I’ve learned that the best way to face challenges in this industry is with honest conversation."

"Great ideas come in a variety of flavors."
-Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson, Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author and TV Personality
Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide including Red Rooster Harlem, Red Rooster London and Marcus B&P. Samuelsson was the youngest person ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times and has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City. He was tasked with planning and executing the Obama administration’s first state dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television shows Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and served as a mentor on ABC’s The Taste. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson co-produces the annual week-long festival Harlem EatUp!, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem. Samuelsson is co-chair of the board of directors for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP). In May 2016, he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. He is the author of multiple books including The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, the young adult version Make It Messy, Marcus Off Duty cookbook, and his latest book The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem. In addition, he is one of the founders of the website Food Republic. Recent restaurant openings include: Red Rooster Shoreditch in East London; Marcus B&P in Newark, New Jersey, and Streetbird Express at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. Samuelsson recently completed filming his new TV series titled No Passport Required with VOX/Eater and PBS which is currently airing Tuesdays on PBS. Follow him in Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @MarcusCooks.