Marcus Samuelsson: ‘My Cooks Could Steal Your Car Or They Could Cook For You. You Choose.’
Marcus Samuelsson sat down with The Huffington Post at the Aspen Ideas Festival earlier this month, and delivered that life story we know oh-so-intimately by now, but he also drove home his personal message of “patriotism” as a Swedish Harlem transplant adopted from Ethiopia.
For Samuelsson, his assertion of patriotism comes from creating jobs at his Harlem restaurant Red Rooster in an area with a 17% unemployment rate.
“I want Rooster and Harlem to be sort of that trampoline for other urban areas, where you say, ‘You know, if we can do it, maybe Oakland can do it, maybe Detroit can do it, maybe other parts of L.A. can do it,’” he says of hiring almost exclusively from the community to make up his staff.
“My cooks could steal your car, or they could cook for you. You choose.”
You can check out his interview in its entirety below.