Celebrity US chef Marcus Samuelsson from Red Rooster in Harlem has taken on a new role as chief culinary coach to the New York City Football Club in a bid to entice the players into eating more healthily.
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Samuelsson will visit the local team once a month offering the 25 players tasty alternatives to their usual food routine. Each of the team, amounting to 15 different nationalities, will also have a representative menu item on the Red Rooster menu, like for Finnish midfielder Alex Ring, captain of the team, with a Nordic-themed dish.
The chef and self-confessed football fan announced the news on twitter:
As a huge soccer fan & lifelong player, I'm excited to announce a fun partnership with @NYCFC; I'll join them as Chief Culinary Coach. Can't wait to curate menus for the team, join them in community events, and feature dishes at @roosterharlem based on the players. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/CrJOJlVONn
— Marcus Samuelsson (@MarcusCooks) April 10, 2019
The Swedish raised chef will be concentrating on flavour and making food fun in order to get the team excited about food. “If you’re on a health kick but it’s not delicious, you’re not going to stay on it,” Samuelsson told the New York Post.
So far the menu includes a tasty set of dishes like; Vietnamese steamed halibut with miso and lemongrass and apricot glazed chicken breast.
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To encourage the continuity of healthy eating Samuelsson will also host cooking demonstrations to teach the players healthier cooking techniques, like steaming fish, to help them look after themselves better at home. “[It’s] only going to help them perform better,” he says. “Every meal counts.”
The proof will be in the pudding! The team is only 4 years old, so let's see if Sameulsson's menu sets them up for this season.
It's not the first time Samuelson has taken an interest in sport and food. Back in 2012 he was commenting on the winning Olympic Swedish team's diet.
From the "Restaurant King of Harlem" and the eponymous New York neighbourhood bistro comes: The Red Rooster Cookbook.
Ethiopian born, Sweden raised, and now at home in his popular Harlem hangout, Red Rooster's Marcus Samuelsson has captured his global soul food in one of New York city's most vibrant neighbourhoods, in one delicious cookbook.
Irresistable dishes like whole Fried Chicken, Peanut-Bacon Pork Chops, Doughnuts with Sweet Potato Cream feature through to distinctive fusion dishes like Ethiopian Spiced-Crusted Lamb, Slow-Baked Blueberry Bread sit easily alongside over 100 other recipes capturing the very spirit of comfort food with soul.
Those looking for a flavour of their favourite dining spot won't be disappointed as the pages are woven with anecdotes capturing the vitality of the location and the restaurant's Harlem "sense of place and culture" making this "far more than just a cookbook."
The publication also serves as a perfect taster before the opening of Samuelsson's first international outpost of Red Rooster in Shoreditch, London at The Curtain.
There's always a price to pay after a hard night of drinking and chefs know that all too well. So how do kitchen professionals combat a killer hangover? Find out by watching this fun video featuring 15 chefs and their hangover cures.
So who's dishing on their favorite hangover remedies? You'll find the likes of Curtis Stone, Scott Conant, Tyler Florence, Marcus Samuelsson and Gail Simmons in this video from Popsugar, which was shot at the recent Food & Wine Classic in Aspen where, needless to say, drinks were flowing.
Perhaps José Andrés said it best: "If you keep kind of a lot of alcohol in your body you will never realize you were drinking too much...so keep drinking." Watch the video and share your favorite hangover cure in the comments below.
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Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson will join the cast of ABC's The Taste for the show's upcoming second season. He will work alongside judge/mentors Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre.
People reports Samuelsson will replace Brian Malarkey, who served as a judge/mentor in season one and will not be returning. The chef will mentor his own team on the cooking competition show in which contestants serve their food to blindfolded judges.
“I am thrilled to be joining the The Taste,” Samuelsson told People. “I’m looking forward to working alongside such an esteemed group of culinary figures and discovering new talents.”
No air date has been announced for the premier of the second season of The Taste.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson is set to open two new concept stores as part of a $28 million food development inside JFK airport. The first, called Uptown Brasserie, will serve classic American foods and the second restaurant will serve a menu inspired by street food.
Samuelsson is not the only person to get in on the development with a whole array of new chains and restaurants planned, including a new French bistro and a sushi bar.
For those who love a good burger Danny Meyer will also be opening one of his famous Shake Shack burger joints.
The new food outlets are part of a $1.4 billion renovation of the airport\s Terminal 4 building.
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Proud of the performance of the Swedish Olympic team, chef Marcus Samuelsson is using his blog and Twitter to tell the world why he thinks his countrymen are at their peak. He began his discourse with the Twitter post pictured above.
The Twitter post contained a link to a post on Samuelsson's blog, which was written by fellow Swede Patrice Johnson. Titled ''Peak Performance: The Foods Swedes Eat,'' the post outlined familiar foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables but also highlighted typical Swedish foods like filmjok (a sourmilk that is typically consumed at breakfast).
The post hammered on a very important detail: breakfast. That's right, Swedish athletes see breakfast as the most important meal fo the day. Their morning meal may consist of oatmeal or muesli, or whole-grain bread with ham cheese, cucumbers and tomato. Everything is designed to provide maximum energy.
To get to the heart of the matter Patrice Johnson interviewed Sofia Eriksson, an intern at the American Swedish Insitute in Minnesota who comes from Northern Sweden. Sofia, who played soccer for 12 years, explained that during her athletic years she stuck to a five-meal a day plan based on tallriksmodellen (the plate model), which tailors the amount of complex carbohydrates and protein to your activity level.
What about snacks? According to Sofia, a typical snack for a Swedish athlete may be a glass of milk and a banana instead of chips, candy bars or sugary yogurt. Ironically, those are some of the snacks American Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, loves to indulge in.
In the end, Olympic atheletes eat a variety of food and lots of it - just check out how much food the Turkish Olympic team eats in one day. Which begs the question, what does it really take to be a successful Olympic athlete?
Marcus Samuelsson, the owner of the Red Rooster in Harlem, New York, has released his memoirs titled Yes Chef.
Samuelsson born in Ethiopia but raised in Sweden after his mum died of tuberculoses and he was adopted. The chef has lived an interested life with the book telling the story of Samuelsson's passion for food and how it was Helger, his adopted grandmother in Sweden, who started his lifelong quest to seek out a proffesional culinary career.
From learning to cook in his grandmother's kitchen the chef goes on to work at some of the biggest restaurants in Switzerland. He was even awarded a three star rated in the New York Times at just 24-years-old.
It's the story of one mans passion for food and how through determination and a love of what we do, we can achieve anything we want.