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In New York, Marcus learns about the Indo-Guyanese community. This double-diasporic community from Guyana and the Caribbean has roots in India, influences from Africa, China, Portugal, and has now settled in Richmond Hill, Queens. Marcus eats Trinidadian roti and doubles, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry in honor of springtime festival Phagwah.


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Raymond MohanRaymond Mohan

Chef Raymond Mohan is a native of Guyana who grew up going on daily visits to a local street market with his mother. Mohan moved to the United States, where he completed culinary school at the New York Restaurant School. In 1996, he was hired as chef de cuisine at Patria in New York City, a now-closed Latin American restaurant helmed by chef Douglas Rodriguez. Mohan also spent years working under chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Burke. Today, he is the co-owner of Lolo’s Seafood Shack in Harlem with his wife, Leticia Young.

Viburt BernardViburt Bernard

Viburt “Cookie” Bernard grew up in Guyana with his eight siblings and mother. In the early 1970s, Bernard and his siblings moved to New York to join their mother, Sybil Bernard-Kerrutt, who was starting a new life in the city. In 1976, SybilBernard-Kerrutt opened Sybil’s Bakery, a local mainstay for West Indian favorites and Guyanese fare. Today, it has expanded from its original location and includes a catering business, all with Cookie at the helm. He and his siblings are celebrated for employing the local West Indian community at every location of Sybil’s Bakery.

Jonathan MadrayJon Madray

Jon Madray is a local New York City DJ who goes by the stage name Jon One. He is Guyanase-American, and his music plays heavily into Caribbean elements and his Indian heritage. As a DJ, Madray has performed at venues around New York, such as the Highline Ballroom, Pacha, Hudson Terrace, and Space. Madray is also an actor, appearing in TV shows like Billions and the film Creed II.


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Meet Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, Marcus at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda, Norda Bar & Grill in Gothenburg, Sweden, and in 2017, Red Rooster Shoreditch in London and Marcus B&P in Newark. He has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence, first catching the attention of the culinary world at Aquavit. During his tenure as executive chef there, he received an impressive three-star rating from The New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade. Continue Reading


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