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  • Jun 27, 2012

Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Sign Copies of New Book at ASI July 24

MINNEAPOLIS — June 27, 2012 — Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson returns to the American Swedish Institute (ASI) this July for the first time in more than five years to sign copies of his new book Yes, Chef; A Memoir. Samuelsson will be at ASI on Tuesday, July 24 beginning at 2 p.m. He will give a brief presentation in Larson Hall in the new Nelson Cultural Center at ASI, followed by a book signing. Yes, Chef is available in the Museum Shop at ASI and online at Copies will be available the day of the event. Attendance is free and reservations are not being taken. More information can be found at

Formerly of Aquavit in Minneapolis, Samuelsson is a James Beard award winning chef, author, and television personality. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Chef Samuelsson has been featured regularly on television, including as a judge on three popular cooking shows: Top Chef, Iron Chef America, and Chopped. He is a frequent guest on the Today Show. He currently owns Red Rooster in Harlem, N.Y., and several other restaurants in Manhattan and Stockholm.

His new book, Yes, Chef; A Memoir, which was released in late June from Random House, chronicles Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from orphan in Ethiopia, to his youth in Sweden, to serving state dinners at the White House—and of course all of the awards and failures in between.

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and culture organization and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. ASI attracts more than 65,000 people each year for tours of the landmark 1908 Turnblad Mansion, exhibits, classes and events that connect the community to contemporary Nordic culture and cultural heritage. Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI now serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. Museum hours: Tue., Thu., Fri., Sun. 12–5 p.m., Wed. 12–8 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Museum admission: $7, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18 and students with ID. For more information, visit


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