The Way Ethiopians Lead Their Lives Inspires Me- Chef Marcus Samuelsson


Michelin-starred chef Marcus Samuelsson was born and spent the first few years of his life under what can only be described as challenging circumstances in Ethiopia. He and his sister had caught tuberculosis as young children and lost their mother to the same illness. They were eventually adopted and brought to Sweden, where he learned to appreciate fresh food through the efforts of his adoptive grandmother, Helga (via CNBC).

But he never forgot his past, and on his website, Samuelsson also talks about the impact of his early years in Ethiopia, which he says inspired him in a different way. He writes: “I appreciate my Ethiopian roots because I see how hard people have to work there to survive, and I understand just how fortunate I am to live in this country. I am inspired by the way the people of Ethiopia lead their lives, and how everyone tries to help one another in the community. Their drive inspires me to work as hard as I can to take the knowledge I have about food and to share it with those who want to learn how to prepare fresh, affordable meals.”

What food means to Marcus Samuelsson

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