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Marcus Samuelsson

After a celebrated run as executive chef at Aquavit Restaurant, the Ethiopia-born Marcus Samuels­son performed gustatory magic in Harlem: In a neighborhood that didn't have a chain grocery store until 1999, he's built a spot both critically heralded and reflective of the area's many cultures. "I bike and I walk every corner of Harlem, and see so much diversity that's unexpected," he says. Then he builds a menu around those encounters.

Gray text: Where Samuelsson biked to
Black text: What he was inspired to add to his menu