I'm a firm believer that people find their own passions.

Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson

Profession: Chef
Nationality: Ethiopian

Some suggestions for you :

I happen to love coconut, particularly for that sweet and crunchy texture it adds to any dish.

Simple ingredients can be used to make elegant dishes with just a little extra attention to detail.

With all the endless varieties and toppings you can add to burgers, there's no need to keep munching on the boring burgers and ketchup found at all the tailgating events and BBQs.

The dialogue and conversation about food is everywhere - television, chat rooms, social media outlets and among everyday conversations.

I'm engaged in food on so many levels, and I love that. So my work, my craft, is around food, and writing is one aspect of it; communicating a narrative, cooking online is one aspect of it; solving the food chasm that we have in Harlem and finding a farmers market is another one, and all of them are equally exciting for me.

I cannot stress a greater importance than to teach the young generation about the risks of unhealthy eating. A great way to pique their interest in nutrition is to involve them more in the cooking process. They not only will learn to cook for themselves, but also develop a lifetime of healthy habits.

I want people to understand my journey and to be inspired by that. You can be an immigrant, and if you work really hard, you can have your own restaurant.

I started cooking for the love of cooking, and I am going to keep cooking whether there's a celebrity aspect to it or not.

Childhood nutrition and healthy eating is a cause that is extremely close to my heart.

There are so many times there could have been a left turn instead of a right turn in all people's lives. I think mine are pretty crystal clear, because of being adopted, being born in Ethiopia, being adopted to Sweden.

I had great schooling, and my parents were always in front of me, or next to me, or behind me, making sure I had whatever I needed.

I met Charlie Trotter before I actually saw him in person; I was 24 when I first opened the pages of Charlie's cookbook 'Charlie Trotter's' and was greeted by a man I would know and admire for the next 20 years.

We can all agree that government can't solve the obesity crisis alone. It's an ongoing issue that will require a collaborative effort across private and public sectors if we want to see some long-term success.

While I hold my own political views, it's important not to get too wrapped up in individual candidates and personalities, but instead to focus on the real issues.