Marcus Samuelsson won Bravo’s hit show Top Chef Masters Season 2 in June 2010, beating out 21 other competing chefs. Earlier in his career, he was the executive chef at Aquavit in New York City, where he received two three-star ratings from the New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade, as well as consecutive four-star ratings in Forbes. Marcus has gone on to author three award-winning cookbooks: Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine and New American Table. In 2009, he was invited to be guest chef for the Obama administration’s first state dinner. Marcus is currently working on his latest restaurant, Red Rooster, slated to open soon in Harlem.