Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth

Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Marcus Samuelsson net worth is
$6 Million

Marcus Samuelsson Wiki Biography

Kassahun “Joar” Tsegie was born on 25th of January 1970 in Ethiopia, and better known as Marcus Samuelsson, is a renowned chef and restaurateur, is the executive chef at “Aquavit” restaurant in New York, where his activities have earned him multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation. He has also starred in TV shows, including “Top Chef” and “The Feed”, as well as opening various eateries worldwide. Samuelsson has also written several books, including his “Yes, Chef” memoir, portraying his career which began in the late 1980s.

Have you ever wondered how rich Marcus Samuelsson is? According to sources, it has been estimated that Marcus Samuelsson’s net worth is over $6 million as of late 2017, acquired by being one of today’s most successful chefs. His appearances in popular TV shows and good sales of the books he has written have increased his net worth. Since he is still an active restaurateur, his net worth continues to grow.

Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth $6 Million

Although born in Ethiopia, Marcus and his sister were adopted by a Swedish family shortly after the death of their mother. The siblings grew up in Sweden where Marcus had his first culinary contact when he went fishing with his father and uncles, who would smoke and preserve the fish they had caught. He was also taught a lot about food preparation by his grandmother Helga, who was a professional chef herself. As his interest in food grew, Samuelsson furthered his education at the Culinary Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden in the mid ‘80s. Upon graduation in 1989, he spent some time as an apprentice in Switzerland before moving to France in 1993. Soon after, Marcus moved to the United States to begin an apprenticeship at “Aquavit” in New York, where he quickly worked his way up, and eventually became executive chef. Shortly after, he received his first three-star rating by the “New York Times”; at the time, Marcus was only 23, which made him the youngest chef to receive the honor. He was later awarded the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef Award in 1999 and four years later he was named the best chef in New York city by the same foundation. His net worth was by now very well established.

Apart from his culinary success and talent, Samuelsson also took up writing, and released his first book, “Aquavit and The New Scandinavian Cuisine” in 2003, followed by his second – “The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa” – three years later, and which was named Best International Cookbook by the Beard Foundation a year after its publishing. However, he didn’t stop there, as he wrote more books on the topic, which include “New American Table”(2009), and “Yes, Chef: A Memoir”(2012). All have contributed to his net worth.

Marcus has also opened several restaurants; his first one was “Red Rooster” which he opened in Harlem in 2010. He has hosted TV’s “Inner Chef with Marcus Samuelsson”, and participated in the “Top Chef” series as a judge. In 2014, he was also a judge in the TV series “The Taste”, and in 2015, appeared in  “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: as Ethiopia was the topic of the episode. HAs a consecutive four-star rating recipient from “Forbes” magazine, Marcus is constantly in demand to appear on TV or be heard on radio, which certainly does no harm to his reputation, or to his bank account!

When it comes to his private life, Samuelsson has been married to model Gate Maya Haile since 2009; the two married in Ethiopia and now reside in Harlem. Marcus is also an ambassador for the US Fund for UNICEF, and is on the board of directors of Careers Through Culinary Arts program.

Full NameMarcus Samuelsson
Net Worth$6 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 25, 1970
Place Of BirthAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
ProfessionChef, restaurateur, producer
EducationCulinary Institute in Göteborg (Gothenburg)
NationalityAmerican, Ethiopian, Swedish
SpouseMaya Haile (m. 2009)
ChildrenZoe Samuelsson
ParentsTsegie (biological father), Lennart Samuelsson, Ann Marie Samuelsson
SiblingsLinda (Fantaye) Samuelsson, Anna Samuelsson
AwardsJames Beard Award for Best Chef: New York City (2003), James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year (1999)
NominationsJames Beard Foundation Awards
Movies“Expedition: Robinson” (1997-2000)
TV Shows“Top Chef”, “The Feed”, “Inner Chef”, “Urban Cuisine”, “Top Chef Masters”, “Chopped”, “24 Hour Restaurant Battle”, “The Taste”, “Celebrity Undercover”, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
1Father, with Maya Samuelsson, of son Zion Mandela Samuelsson, born on July 19, 2016.
2Marcus is the youngest chef to receive a 3-star rating from the New York Times.
3Marcus was born in Ethiopia, but raised in Sweden. The Samuelsson's adopted him after his mother died of tuberculosis.
4Owner of "Red Rooster" in Harlem, New York.
5James Beard award-winner for his book, "The Soul of a New Cuisine".
6Unicef ambassador.
7Avid soccer player. He was a very good player in his childhood.
8Has a sister named Edith.
9Is a Swedish chef, born in Ethiopia, resident in the United States. He is the executive chef and co-owner of Aquavit restaurants in New York City and Minneapolis.

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Savoring Harlem2012TV Movie documentary consulting producer


Million Dollar Contractor2012TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
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Chopped Junior2015-2017TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself - Competitor / Chef & Restaurateur
Chopped2010-2017TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Chef & Restaurateur / Himself / ...
The Chew2012-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Kitchen2017TV SeriesHimself
Overheard2017TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Today2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
On the Money2016TV SeriesHimself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - The Taste
Star Plates2016TV SeriesHimself
Cooks vs. Cons2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Chef & Restaurateur
Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse2016TV SeriesHimself
Harlem on My Plate2016Documentary shortHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHimself
Lidia Celebrates America2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning2015TV SeriesHimself
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Owner, Red Rooster
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest, It's Neil's Mom
Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Judge
The Da Vinci List2015TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS This Morning2012-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Weekend Today2015TV SeriesHimself
The Taste2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
BELLOmag Presents: A Conversation with the Taste2015TV MovieHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself - The Taste
Simply Ming2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Gomorron2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
How I Rock It2013TV SeriesHimself
Robins2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Huff Post's BV 3652012TV SeriesHimself
Efter Tio2012TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2011-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Judge
Million Dollar Contractor2012TV SeriesHimself - Restauranteur
Charlie Rose2007-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Tavis Smiley2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Top Chef Canada2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
Worst Cooks in America2012TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Savoring Harlem2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Unique Eats2010-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Chef / Restaurateur
AdamLive2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off2012TV SeriesHimself - Judge
The Next Iron Chef2011TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself - Audience Member
The Hot 102011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MasterChef Australia2011TV SeriesHimself - Owner and Head Chef, Red Rooster Harlem
Rocco's Dinner Party2011TV SeriesHimself
Through The Grape Vine2011TV SeriesHimself
Hubertusjagd, New York2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Fabulous Beekman Boys2011TV SeriesHimself
The Early Show2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Top Chef2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
24 Hour Restaurant Battle2010TV Series
Top Chef Masters2010TV SeriesHimself
Skavlan2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Iron Chef America: The Series2008TV SeriesHimself
Martha2008TV SeriesHimself
At the Table with...2007TV Series documentaryHimself
After Hours with Daniel Boulud2006TV SeriesHimself
BingoLotto2005-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Inner Chef with Marcus Samuelsson2005TV SeriesHost
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
The Jane Pauley Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Christine Cushing Live2003TV SeriesHimself
Sprit1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

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