Bridgetown, BarbadosMarcus Samuelsson is an internationally acclaimed chef, author and philanthropist. Chef Samuelsson is the author of several award-winning cookbooks and the forthcoming memoir, Yes, Chef. Chef Samuelsson is the youngest chef to ever achieve two 3-star reviews from The New York Times and has been honored by the James Beard Foundation on multiple occasions. In 2010, Chef Samuelsson beat out 21 fellow chefs on the second season of Top Chef Masters, winning $115,000 for the UNICEF Tap Project. Chef Samuelsson was also tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State Dinner, has hosted the President at his restaurant, and was named on Vanity Fair’s “International Best Dressed List 2011.” In May of 2012, Chef Samuelsson won $50,000 for C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary Arts Program) when crowned Chopped: All Stars champion.
I became a chef because: It was my calling and it's been my passion.
I went here to: Reconnect with my chef friends and see what new foods and trends are on the horizon.
I traveled here with: My wife, Maya.
The best way to travel here is: By plane. It's downtime that I use to catch up on reading.
I stayed at: The House. Just a great spot with friendly service and beautiful views.
When it comes to packing, be sure to bring: Lots of notepads for writing down people you've met and ideas that might come to you. Also running shoes for early morning runs on the beach.
When I visit Barbados, I love to eat at: Cuz's Fish Shack.
I wish I hadn't: Had that last glass of rum.
Don't miss: Watching the surfers and having some fish fry.
Next time I will definitely: Stay a few extra days to really unwind.
My favorite part of the event was: The food! The rum! The people!
My advice would be: Get on island time.
Some of my favorite food festivals are: The ones that feel like a party with a great mix of food, music and fun.