Video from our Live Talks Los Angeles event with Chef Marcus Samuelsson discussing his memoir, Yes! Chef with David Burtka of E! News. Event was held July 26, 2012 at Track 16 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef, author and philanthropist. He is the author of several award-winning cookbooks and the forthcoming memoir, Yes, Chef. Among his many accolades, Chef Samuelsson is the youngest chef to ever achieve two three-star reviews from The New York Times and he has been honored by the James Beard Foundation on multiple occasions including “Rising Star Chef” (1999), “Best Chef: New York City” (2003), and “Best International Cookbook” (2007). In 2010, Chef Samuelsson beat out 21 fellow chefs on the second season of the television competition Top Chef Masters on Bravo, winning $115,000 for the UNICEF Tap Project. In December 2010, Marcus opened Red Rooster Harlem, later earning two-stars from The New York Times. Other recent accolades Chef Samuelsson has achieved include being tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner; hosting the President at his own restaurant; and being named on the “International Best Dressed List 2011” in Vanity Fair magazine. In March, 2012, Chef Samuelsson opened Ginny’s Supper Club in the space underneath Red Rooster Harlem.
David Burtka joined E! News as a correspondent in January 2012. David began his acting career on the stage and in 2001 won the Clarence Derwent Award for most promising male performer for his role as The Boy in the American premiere of Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby. He then made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee’s The Goat opposite Sally Field, followed by his acclaimed role as Tulsa in Sam Mendes’ Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters.
He has appeared on The West Wing, CSI: NY, How I Met Your Mother, Crossing Jordan and Steven Spielberg’s reality show On The Lot. David has also tested his acting chops on the big screen, with appearances in Regrets Only, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, and Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending.
David graduated from University of Michigan and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena. When he’s not reporting on entertainment news or acting, he keeps himself busy with Gourmet M.D, the Los Angeles-based catering company he owns.
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