Marcus 'Joar' Samuelsson (born January 25, 1970) is an Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef and restaurateur.
Kassahun Tsegie was born in 1970 in Ethiopia. His father, Tsegie, is an Ethiopian Orthodox Church priest. His mother died in a tuberculosis epidemic when he was three years old. Kassahun and his elder sister, Fantaye, were subsequently adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson, a homemaker and a geologist, respectively, who lived in Göteborg, Sweden. The siblings' names were changed to Marcus and Linda Samuelsson. They also have an adopted sister, Anna Samuelsson. His biological father, Tsegie, the father of eight others (the chef's half-siblings) still resides in the Ethiopian village where Samuelsson was born.
After becoming interested in cooking through his maternal grandmother in Sweden, Samuelsson studied at the Culinary Institute in Göteborg (Gothenburg) where he was raised. He apprenticed in Switzerland and Austria, then came to the United States in 1991 as an apprentice at Restaurant Aquavit...
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