earlier this year, “At the age of 66, Mulatu Astatke is having the time of his life.The jazz composer and performer from Ethiopia is in the midst of a full-blown Indian summer in his career.Festival, and the co-chair of the board of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).” “Chasing flavors has been my lifelong passion,” shared Samuelsson. We get to go deep into the markets, pull up to the roadside stands, and be welcomed into homes — all the places where people share and celebrate food together.” — Related: PBS and VOX Media Announce New Series Hosted by Chef Marcus Samuelsson Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
Once heard, Astatke’s music is not easily forgotten.
Samuelsson’s accolades include earning five James Beard Awards, being named the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, and having the honor of cooking for the Obama administration’s first state dinner.
He is an ambassador for UNICEF, co-founder of the Harlem Eat Up!
Gerima, an Ethiopian director and screenwriter who has lived here since the 1970s in what he calls self-exile, that subject is not just an academic concern: it is also what motivates him to make films with African and African-American themes.” Personally for me though, there has never been such an accurate, honest, insightful and simply well-made film about the Ethiopian experience abroad and in the homeland.
This film continues to influence my professional, but more importantly, personal life.