Samuelsson’s accolades include earning five James Beard Awards, being named the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, and having the honor of cooking for the Obama administration’s first state dinner.He is an ambassador for UNICEF, co-founder of the Harlem Eat Up!I hope Marcus’ long awaited restaurant brings together artists, musicians, writers, and alike from the Ethiopian Diaspora and beyond right into the heart of Harlem.From the menu to the décor, I am certain that I won’t have to drag my downtown friends to hangout uptown.He received a huge boost when influential film-maker Jim Jarmusch used his music for his 2005 film compilation, one of the most unlikely best-sellers of the last decade.Once heard, Astatke’s music is not easily forgotten.
The press release adds: “Chef Samuelsson — co-owner of New York’s critically acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem — embodies America’s extraordinarily rich cultural diversity.The most notable in 2010 was the film’s premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, September 13th, honoring the late Teshome H.Gabriel, a long serving Professor at UCLA and a leading international figure on third world and post-colonial cinema.) – As we wrap up the year and review the contributions in the area of literature, fine arts, film, music and enterprunership, I can’t help but notice that it has been a year of rejuvenation for arts and popular culture among the Ethiopian Diaspora — from the publication of Dinaw Mengestu’s , this year was packed with big achievements and new beginnings. As he put it succinctly during a recent interview, “It’s less about trying to figure out how you occupy these two cultural or racial boundaries and more about what it’s like when you are not particularly attached to either of these two communities.” The new book follows the author’s highly successful début novel I couldn’t help but lose and find myself in each of Julie’s Mehretu’s paintings at the Guggenheim Museum earlier this year.As you may notice, there are many other great stories that are not noted here. She is not only one of the most admired American female artists, but also the most high-priced Ethiopian born artists of all time.