A Tale of Two Chefs: Marcus and Roblé Ali

In recent years a growing number black chefs like Roblé Ali and Marcus Samuelsson have entered the culinary industry.

By Alex Kellogg and Alyse Shorland

(CNN) – Marcus Samuelsson and Roblé Ali are two different chefs.

Samuelsson, 41, is an established name amongst foodies and the proprietor of Red Rooster, a renown Harlem restaurant.

Ali, 27, is an up and coming chef and animated reality-show star who works full time as an established caterer.

Samuelsson has made a name for himself embracing his identity as both a black chef and a Swedish immigrant to the United States, but younger chefs like Ali find themselves pushing back against being known simply as a “black chef.” Ali, who’s still building his brand, was frustrated when a blog author unexpectedly labeled him a “hip-hop chef.”

Read more at CNN.com.

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