If by chance you don't know the name Marcus Samuelson, you might recognize him from shows like Top Chef, Chopped or Iron Chef. If not, than that is ok but one thing is for sure after reading his memoir "Yes, Chef", you will never forget who he is. Unlike many of the the well known chefs out there who seem to have the same homogenous background, he is as uniquely flavored as the food he prepares.
After losing his mother to tuberculosis at the age of three, unlike the fate of so many others in his same region, he and his sister where adopted by a Swedish family where he was given a new life of hope and love. It is there where he met his most impressioned influence, his Swedish grandmother Helga, whom ignited the spark within him to capture the dream that he was so destined for.
Yes Chef, not only takes you on a chronological journey of this critically acclaimed chef but it immerses you in this moving and incredibly humbled honest life journey. It truly embodies the quest of someone whose heart wanted to achieve the ever sought after American dream. Beginning his culinary journey at home helping his grandma, to a young man holding his own in some of the most demanding and Hell Kitchenesque experiences around the world and coming full circle carving his path to complete his dreams here in New York City. His vibrant personality, assiduous approach to preparing food and his impeccable work ethic will capture you through the pages from the heart of this passionate chef.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 6/12/12