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Marcus Samuelsson: Top Chef

Famed Chef Marcus Samuelsson brings his namesake restaurant to the D.C. region at the long-awaited MGM National Harbor casino. Marcus at MGM National Harbor is where casino patrons and hotel guests alike can feast on Red Rooster Harlem favorites – Fried Yardbird and cornbread – as well as cuisine with a regional sensibility – Dunbar chocolate cake and Delmarva Red Eye. Samuelsson took time out of his busy opening week schedule to answer questions from Councilmag.com.  By Nicole L. Gill

Gravlax & bagel

Gravlax & bagel

Why did you want to bring a restaurant to the D.C. area? 
I’ve always loved the DC metro area.  I've been coming down here for many years, and getting to discover so many incredible and diverse flavors you have here from Maryland seafood to great Ethiopian food, too. It's exciting to be a part of the community now.

We noticed Prince George's Apple Cheddar Pie and Run DMV, among other regional references on the menu. Why was it important to recognize the region at Marcus at MGM National Harbor?
These regional influences and ties are what makes the food really unique and memorable.

Your favorite dish:
Hard to pick just one...Sister Fanny's Crab Dip Gratin and Maya's Warm Beef Tartare are two of my favorites!

Marcus at MGM National Harbor

Marcus at MGM National Harbor

“Every restaurant is defined by its community, not just where it is physically but the people who bring it life every day and night.” - Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson

“Knowing not only where your food comes from but the traditions and history behind what we eat is so important.” - Marcus Samuelsson

Yes Chef! Cocktail

Yes Chef! Cocktail

Double Dragon Hot Rice

Double Dragon Hot Rice

Whole Bird Royale

Whole Bird Royale

Aunt Maybel's Toasted Cornbread with Honey Butter and Tomato Jam

Aunt Maybel's Toasted Cornbread with Honey Butter and Tomato Jam

Fried Green Tomatoes and Oysters

Fried Green Tomatoes and Oysters

Short Ribs

Short Ribs

Brownstoner cocktail

Brownstoner cocktail