This is a beautiful memoir by a remarkable man. Yes, Chef addresses the areas that most other "celebrity chef" autobiographies hit - the discovery of flavors, the rigors of the professional kitchen, etc. What distinguishes this book is its heart - it's like a love letter to his family, to his craft, and to his community. And definitely an example of a book where the reading by the author makes the audio experience far richer than reading the text.
A fascinating story. What makes it even more special is that Chef Samuelsson narrates it. I can't wait to eat at Red Rooster the next time I am in NY.
HIs story is one to take inspiration from. It just goes to show that when you dont make excuses or let "stuff" get in your way, good things can happen with determination. What an inspiration Marcus is to all of us. We own several restaurants, and I have bought several copies of his book for our staff to pass around in our kitchen(s). Loved his story and his sense of place. Perhaps a bit drawn out, if you aren't a foodie, but all in all a sweet read.
Enjoy history, self help, novels, not a sequel follower.
Yes because I loved Marcus Samuelsson telling his story.
The sincerity in in voice, his openess and disclosure of his struggles and achievements, felt a connection with his family values.
It made me think and understand the world of chef's better.
Chef's are truly impressive people.
I loved that Marcus Samuelsson was willing to share the not so flattering aspects of his journey; the difficult times as well as the triumphs of his career. I knew him best from Top Chef Masters, and to be honest found him to be a bit obnoxious on the show. Reading what was happening behind the scenes while Top Chef Masters was taping opened my eyes and I rescinded my initial harsh judgement of him. I came to admire chef Marcus, and am now rooting for his continued success in an incredibly competitive and tough business. He's an original - I mean an Ethiopian kid raised in Sweden for starters. He's a fighter, driven to succeed, loves good food, and flavor most of all. I thoroughly enjoyed his story and enjoyed listening to his unique accent as he read his own story. Bravo chef Marcus. My next trip is to New York to check out Red Rooster.
His trip to Ethiopia to meet with his father. I could relate, as I met my birth father as an adult as well. So many emotions.
His unique accent.
Reading about the effects of 911 on New York; life forever changed on an unforgettably beautiful September morning.
Marcus Samuelsson is a talented guy, multilingual, a gifted chef, a snappy dresser (love his personal style). Really enjoyed this read.
Marcus of course
His life his perspective his voice.
Yes, Marcus's emotion and intensity moved me to tears.
This is one of the better audiobooks i've had the pleasure of listening to. The combination of a great story and personal narrative should appeal to any fan of memoirs or foodies.
The author's healthy additude toward good and bad fortune and those who helped him along the way
enphasis on those things about his biography that are most important to him
An unusual path to world-class success...
Yes Chef is the memior of a black, Ethopian/Swedish/American chef. That, in and of itself, is pretty remarkable, and lends a large element of interest to his memior. In addition, for those of us who are totally unfamiliar with what it takes to be a professional chef, the material was quite eye opening and interesting. I also felt that the writing was not bad for a non-native English speaker and an untrained author. My chief complaint, and it was a big one, was the terrible performance of the narrator - Sorry Marcus, you should stick to cooking. The narrator, who is the author/chef, read quite poorly. He chopped his sentences with pauses that were improperly placed, sometimes almost changing the meaning of the sentence. Luckily, he read slowly so I always had time to adjust my understanding to his strange, ungainly reading cadence. In the case of this book, I wished I had chosen to read it instead of buying an audio version.
I've been a long time fan of the cooking channels, so when I saw this book by a chef I've admired because of his story and cooking skills, I was thrilled to read this book. 'YES CHEF' does more than just NOT disappoint, it was a mind opening and heart rendering story of skill, talent, and determination.
Marcus Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia where he contracted TB with his Mom and sister. His mom walked many miles to get her children medical treatment, only to die of TB herself. At two years of age, Marcus survived TB and was taken in by a nurse. Desperately wanting a son, a Swedish family adopted Marcus and his sister. In Sweden, Marcus began his life of diversity as a black child in a white family, but more importantly, he began his love of food and cooking while helping his grandmother in the kitchen.
Thus begins this very informative and emotional look into the life of a great chef, and a groundbreaking winning chef no less! Marcus tells how he made his way around the world, learning about new foods. How he tasted and tweaked recipes, writing down all his ideas and experiences along his travels. As a black chef, he had to prove his value to any restaurant. Along the way, he made good friends and a couple of difficult relationships.
This story of a poor sick orphan boy who worked, tasted and cooked his way into top cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped, cooked in the White House for the President of the USA, and opened one of the first fine dining restaurants in revitalized Harlem, is a must read for any foodie! 'YES CHEF' would be interesting just because of it's factual information, but it actually reads like a fast passed novel! A spectacular read!!