Marcus Samuelsson Is Celebrating Female Chefs at Red Rooster Harlem and Red Rooster Overtown

Marcus Samuelsson Is Celebrating Female Chefs at Red Rooster Harlem and Red Rooster Overtown

On a blistery night at Red Rooster in Harlem, New York, Marcus Samuelsson, the famed chef and media personality who runs several restaurants in New York City and beyond, has handed over his kitchen to visiting chef-owners Joy Crump and Beth Black of Foode + Mercantile, an eatery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Hosted by HEINZ’s Black Kitchen Initiative, world-renowned chefs like Samuelsson are empowering up-and-coming Black chef talent to take over their kitchens, unlocking unprecedented resources to support their businesses.

Joy Crump and Beth Black of Foode + Mercantile
Joy Crump and Beth Black of Foode + Mercantile, Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster Harlem. Image: courtesy of Heinz.

“It was such a special night celebrating Joy and Beth’s vision, and we got to be a part of that thanks to the HEINZ Black Kitchen Initiative and its mission to help rising Black chefs through efforts like this Open Kitchen event,” Samuelsson shares with EBONY. The initiative provides up-and-coming Black chefs new opportunities, experiences, resources and exposure for their culinary businesses, which is currently one of the largest barriers to success in the American restaurant industry.

Specializing in elevated comfort cuisine, Samuelsson loved executive chef Crump’s pickled jumbo shrimp. “It was absolutely amazing,” he says. “I loved the entire menu, though, because it brought Joy and Beth’s Virginia flare to Harlem.”

Chef Amaris on couch at EBONY FWD event Art Basel Miami 2023
Chef Amaris Jones. Image: John Parra.

Samuelsson is supporting female chefs throughout the Eastern seaboard. Chef Amaris Jones, Chick ‘N Jones owner and featured EBONY FWD chef, is the chef-at-large at Red Rooster Overtown, Samuelsson’s Miami-based location in the city’s historic Black neighborhood. “For Black chefs that have restaurants in Miami, which are many, sometimes people just don’t know that we’re here,” she shares. Collaborations with chefs like Samuelsson increase exposure for all.

Marcus Sammuelson in his Red Rooster Kitchen
Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster Harlem. Image: courtesy of Heinz.

Gearing up for the holidays, Samuelsson will be cooking with his son Zion. “It brings me so much joy,” he declares. “We cook a lot of sweet potatoes and pumpkins during the holidays. It’s fun putting our heads together to come up with different ways to use them. We love roasting and folding them into pancakes or mac and cheese.” The chef suggests incorporating pomegranates into your holiday menu. “They’re such a fun way to spruce up a salad or a rice dish.”

To keep from going overboard in the kitchen during the holidays, Samuelsson stresses that planning is key. “You should always think ahead and have dishes you can share,” he advises. Try prepping ahead of your festivities so meals can be easily popped into the oven ten minutes before guests arrive.

“I’ve found that for our family, the key to not stressing is to map out a combination of ingredient sources. [My wife] Maya will usually order our pantry items online several weeks in advance. Over the weekend, we’ll go to the farmer’s market as a family for our meats and fresh produce. Stock up early so that your essentials aren’t sold out!”

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Drake Calls Bun B’s Trill Burgers The “Best” He’s Ever Had

Drake Calls Bun B’s Trill Burgers The “Best” He’s Ever Had

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As Hip-Hoppers continue to await for the moment they’re able to take a bite out of the best burger in America, Bun B’s Trill Burger, Drake vacated his throne to the North and flew South (on a dragon probably) just to feast on the most hyped Hip-Hop hamburger in history.

According to TMZ, Drake headed down to Houston to check out Bun B’s first official brick-and-mortar Trill Burgers establishment on Juneteenth, and after being greeted by the Hip-Hop legend personally, Drizzy sank his teeth into what he said was “the best burger I ever had.” Damnit! We want one… or two. Depends on how monstrous of a munchie session we get.

TMZ reports:

Drake and Bun have been tight ever since the Toronto rapper broke into the game, and says he opts to refer to Bun as a “mentor” rather than an “OG.”

As fate would have it, Drake’s other H-Town mentor, Rap-A-Lot Records CEO J Prince, was also in the building and they dapped it up like always.

Y’all know if Drake in Houston, J Prince isn’t going to be too far behind. Just sayin.’

 

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Drake is the latest rapper in a growing line of MC’s who’ve had the pleasure of getting a bite out of the now legendary beef burger as others like Tyler, the Creator, Fat Joe and Jadakiss promptly gave Bun B his flowers after experiencing what he’d been perfecting in the kitchen all these years.

Can Bun B send a few our way though? Hook us up, Triple-OG!

Check out videos of their reactions below and let us know if you’ve had the pleasure of eating a Trill Burger in the comments section below.