Courtesy Marcus Samuelsson
MS: I love to eat Chinese take-out from a spot in my neighborhood, especially if I've been traveling in Europe for a while, since that kind of food isn't really available there. I don't know what it is about General Tso's Chicken, but I absolutely crave it sometimes.
Which celebrity would you love to cook for and why?
MS: Oprah Winfrey, because I'm a fan and I think she would really be excited about the message that surrounds my style of cooking. What chef would you like to see naked?
What do you think of vegetarians?
MS: I love vegetarians. Personally, I'm not a vegetarian, but once a week, I try to avoid meat and eat only fruits and veggies. It definitely helps to balance out the week. In terms of my work, cooking for vegetarians challenges me because it forces me as a chef to cook more flavorful dishes without relying on animal products such as butter and beef or chicken stocks to enhance the dish.
What's going on in the food world these days that's pissing you off?
MS: It upsets me that the public school systems can't get better foods to our children. I'm extremely passionate about having a positive impact on this.
Marcus Samuelsson is a chef, author, TV personality and food activist. Catch Marcus in the kitchen on KitchenDaily.com.