On November 7, 2012Marcus Samuelsson answered the question:
On November 7, 2012Marcus Samuelsson answered the question:My favorite hotel right now is Geejam in Port Antonio [Jamaica]. Geejam is an incredible, rural destination. I always try to go to places I haven’t been. Port Antonio is where the Jamaicans go, so that’s where you get the best jerk and watch the surfers. The Geejam hotel is built around music. There’s a music studio, and some incredible musicians have come down to play. It’s only, like, 10 rooms. It’s an experience — when you eat dinner in the lobby or in the restaurant, you’ll eat with other couples because they’re in the same routine as you. It’s like the Buena Vista Social Club in Jamaica.
On November 7, 2012Marcus Samuelsson answered the question:It’s bad to say because I live there, but New York. You can’t compare it to any other city. I still discover new neighborhoods in New York, like Harlem. It’s not new, but it’s gone through a surge, just like Bushwick in Brooklyn. After 15 years, I’m still amazed to find new neighborhoods in New York that I fall in love with. This is the city that inspires me.
And then I think my hometown Gothenburg [in Sweden]. Gothenburg used to be a blue-collar steel town, but it’s now the city where fashion and musicians are hip. It’s incredible to watch a town that you grew up in become an “it town.” Also where I’m from — Addis Ababa in Ethiopia — has this merging of possibilities. Yes, it’s difficult, but people are entrepreneurial in a way that people here are not. Here, we’re upset that unemployment is 8.4 or 8.7 percent, but in Ethiopia there’s 70 percent unemployment. What do you do then?