Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson
Celebrated Name: Marcus Samuelsson
Real Name/Full Name: Kassahun Tsegie
Gender: Male
Age: 53 years old
Birth Date: 25 January 1971
Birth Place: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nationality: Ethiopian Swedish
Height: 1.62 m
Weight: 75 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Maya Haile (m. 2009)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes (Zion Mandela and Zoe)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Marcus Samuelsson Gay?: No
Profession: Chef and restaurateur
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $6 million
Last Updated: April 2024

Marcus Samuelsson is a well-known chef and restaurateur from Ethiopia. He is the head chef at the famous Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, New York.

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Early Life & Biography

Kassahun Tsegie or Marcus Samuelsson was born on 25 January 1971 in Ethiopia. His father, Tsegie, was a priest at an Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. His mother died when he was just three years old. During the 1974 Ethiopian Civil War, he and his sister, Fantaye, were separated from their parents and were later adopted by Swedish couple Lennart Samuelsson who was a geologist, and Ann Marie, who was a homemaker.

After the adoption, their names were changed to Marcus and Linda Samuelsson. He also has an adopted sister, Anna Samuelsson. His birth father still lives in the Ethiopian village where Samuelsson was born.

He went to the Culinary Institute in Göteborg to learn cooking.

Personal Life

Samuelsson is married to his long-time girlfriend Gate (Maya) Haile, who is a model. They got married in a private ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The couple has two children, Zion Mandela and Zoe.

He lives with his family in Harlem, New York, near his restaurant Red Rooster.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 25 January 1971, Marcus Samuelsson is 53 years old as of today’s date 20th April 2024. His height is 1.62 m tall, and his weight is 75 kg.


Marcus Samuelsson started his career in 1994 when he got a job as an apprentice at Restaurant Aquavit in the United States. At the age of twenty-four, he became the youngest chef to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times.

In 2003, he started his second restaurant in New York named Bingo, which served Japanese-American food. Samuelsson is also an award-winning author of several popular cooking books, including The Soul of a New Cuisine, Aquavit, the New Scandinavian Cuisine, Street Food, En Smakresa, Make it Messy: My Perfectly Imperfect Life, and many more.

He is also a visiting professor at the Umeå University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts, which is located in Sweden. In 2005, he started his television show, Inner Chef, which aired on the Discovery Home Channel. Samuelsson was also seen in the show Urban Cuisine on the BET J network. His cooking involves a combination of international and traditional cuisines from Japan, Africa, and others.

In 2010, he opened the restaurant, Red Rooster, in Harlem, which has hosted several international dignitaries, including President Barack Obama. Along with Clarion Hotels, he opened a restaurant named Kitchen and Table.

In 2015, Samuelsson opened the restaurant Marcus’ in partnership with Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. Two years later, he opened another restaurant, Marcus B&P, in New Jersey.

Samuelsson has appeared in many popular television shows such as The Dylan Ratigan Show, Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Iron Chef USA, Chopped, and The Today Show. He was also the judge on the cooking television show My Momma Throws Down.

He is also a regular judge in several other television shows like Chopped, Chopped Junior, Beat Bobby Flay, Cooks vs. Cons, The Kitchen, and Star Plates. In 2014, he was seen in the second season of The Taste.

In 2017, he was seen in the reality television series Undercover Boss where he mentored new culinary talent. The following year, Samuelsson played himself in the movie Scooby-Doo! And the Gourmet Ghost.

In 2018, he was the host and producer of the television series, No Passport Required which celebrates immigrant cultures and foods in the USA.

Awards & Achievements

Marcus Samuelsson has won several awards and recognition in his illustrious career. In 2003, the James Beard Foundation named him the “Best Chef: New York City.” In 2009, he was the chef of the first state dinner of Barack Obama’s presidency where he had to prepare vegetarian food for the Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh.

He is also an advisor to The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. In 2010, he took part and won the television series Top Chef Masters where he competed against twenty-one chefs.

Net Worth & Salary of Marcus Samuelsson in 2024

Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth
Marcus Samuelsson Net Worth

As of April 2024, Marcus Samuelsson has an estimated net worth of more than $6 million. He has made this huge wealth through his successful career as a chef and restaurateur. He owns multiple restaurants and hotels all across the United States.

In 2010, he received $115,000 for winning the reality television series, Top Chef Masters. He was also awarded the cash prize of $50,000 for winning the television series Chopped All-Stars 2012: Judges Remix.

He also makes money by appearing in many television series and cooking shows like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Taste, Another Round, and many more.

Marcus Samuelsson is one of the most popular chefs in the United States. He serves on the board at City Harvest and Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. He is also the co-founder of the Three Goats Organization and a UNICEF ambassador since 2000.


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