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Marcus Samuelsson net worth:
$5 Million

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Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Kassahun “Joar” Tsegie, better known as Marcus Samuelsson, is a renowned chef and restaurateur born on 25th of January 1970 in Ethiopia. He is best known as 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.

Have you ever wondered how rich Marcus Samuelsson is? According to sources it has been estimated that Marcus Samuelsson’s overall net worth is $5 million as of mid-2016, acquired by being one of the most successful chefs nowadays. His appearances in popular TV shows and the good sales the books he has written have made, have only increased his net worth. Since he is still an active restaurateur, his net worth continues to grow.

Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth $5 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 rose, 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 handed 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 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, and 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 on the “Top Chef” series as a judge.

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. He is a consecutive four-star rating recipient from “Forbes” magazine.

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Savoring Harlem2012TV Movie documentary consulting producer



Million Dollar Contractor2012TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
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Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Judge
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHimself
The Da Vinci List2015TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CBS This Morning2012-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Weekend Today2015TV SeriesHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHimself
The Taste2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
Today2011-2015TV SeriesHimself
BELLOmag Presents: A Conversation with the Taste2015TV MovieHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself - The Taste
Good Morning America2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself / Himself - The Taste
Simply Ming2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
Gomorron2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Chopped2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Chef & Restaurateur / Himself - Contestant
How I Rock It2013TV SeriesHimself
Robins2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
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 Live with Nick Lachey2012TV 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
Vine Talk2011TV 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
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2007TV SeriesHimself
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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1Owner of "Red Rooster" in Harlem, New York.
2James Beard award-winner for his book, "The Soul of a New Cuisine".
3Unicef ambassador.
4Avid soccer player. He was a very good player in his childhood.
5Has a sister named Edith.
6Is 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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