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Norway Gladmat 2013 graced with US Presidential culinary approval. Gladmat comes to Stavanger once again, with a special appearance from Obama’s favorite chef Marcus Samuelsson this time. Samuelsson was born Kassahun 'Joar' Tsegie on 25 January 1971 in Ethiopia. He moved to Sweden with his sister Linda in 1973 after they were adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson following his mother's death from Tuberculosis the previous year. According to his blog, he first learned how to cook from his grandmother Helge in 1977 after being “exposed to lingonberries and blueberries for the first time."

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Norway Gladmat 2013 graced with US Presidential culinary approval

Published on Sunday, 21st July, 2013 at 21:54 under the entertainment category, by Nikita Yasuf and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th July 2013 at 21:41.

Gladmat comes to Stavanger once again, with a special appearance from Obama’s favorite chef Marcus Samuelsson this time.

Some food at Gladmat
Some food at Gladmat
Photo: Hanne Sembsmoen/Gladmat


Samuelsson was born Kassahun 'Joar' Tsegie on 25 January 1971 in Ethiopia. He moved to Sweden with his sister Linda in 1973 after they were adopted by Ann Marie and Lennart Samuelsson following his mother's death from Tuberculosis the previous year.

According to his blog, he first learned how to cook from his grandmother Helge in 1977 after being “exposed to lingonberries and blueberries for the first time."

His latter training took place at Gothenburg’s Culinary Institute, before he apprenticed in Switzerland in 1989, then France in 1993.

After having arrived for and apprenticeship with Aquavit restaurant in New York City the year after, Samuelsson received a three-star rating as Executive Chef from the New York Times in 1995.

“I’m 23 and the youngest chef to ever so do at the time,” he writes.

Following several major life events, he cooked his first State Dinner for President Barack Obama in 2009 for the Prime Minister of India.

It may be a long way from NYC to Stavanger, but he is now appearing at this year’s Gladmat, Scandinavia’s largest food festival set to run from July 24 – 27 this year.

Gladmat started in 1998 and the festival gathers an impressive 250,000 visitors from all over the world.

In previous years, Gladmat has featured top chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, and Eyvind Hellstrøm formerly of Bagatelle fame – a one Michelin-starred and four black forks and spoons-awarded restaurant in Oslo.

Here are some of the events on this year’s festival program:

Wednesday – Marcus Samuelsson, and Petter Stordalen – a Norwegian investor, hotel tycoon, and property developer – will compete in a cook-off. Festival organizers say the three-course event will have one winner and one loser.  

Thursday – Two especially notable events happen today, featuring Bocuse d'Or fish course winner Ørjan Johannessen, and a top quality dinner provided by chef Karl Erik Pallesen, Eyvind Hellstrøm’s newest Master Chef.

Friday – tasting of local (Jæren) cheeses, champagne, Chèvre, a chocolate workshop, and a five-course meal for those interested in food and beers.

Saturday – As if cheese, champagne, beer, fish, and chocolate were not enough to feast the eyes and stomach, diners with capacity for two dinners between 18:00 and 00:00.

These can be washed down with cocktails at Tango Bar (Straenkaien) between 22:00 on Saturday and 04:00 on Sunday if so desired.

This year marks Gladmat’s fifteenth anniversary and the festival is sure to present a fun-filled program that features events and activities to suit a variety of tastes. Bon appétit.




Published on Sunday, 21st July, 2013 at 21:54 under the entertainment category, by Nikita Yasuf and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th July 2013 at 21:41.

This post has the following tags: gladmat, stavangerfoodfestival.





  
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