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Inspired: Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelesson shares the food, song, and sights that have inspired him.
Launch Of Planters Peanut Butter Looks Beyond The Lunchbox
Chef Marcus Samuelsson n New York City.Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images for Planters Peanut Butter file

What inspires those who inspire others? That’s the question we’re asking in this feature, and the answers have run the gamut from life-changing experiences to Bruce Springsteen concerts and even children’s books. Here to provide this week’s inspirations, is world-renowned chef, philanthropist, memoirist, and award-winning cookbook author, Marcus Samulesson.

I saw unbelievable graffiti all over Brixton -- the Harlem of London. You're at this urban cross roads filled with this vibrant art up on rooftops, down an alley, and every where you look. It inspires me to see how these street artists bring life and color to the neighborhood.

Brixton Market.
Brixton Market, London, United Kingdom.Dan Kitwood / Getty Images, file

I met former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Bill DeBlasio, who were gracious enough to join me in announcing our food festival for 2015, Harlem EatUp!

Marcus Samuelsson, Herb Karlitz, Honorary Chair President Bill Clinton And Special Guest Mayor Bill De Blasio Announce Harlem EatUp! Festival
Onstage at Red Rooster Harlem, at the announcement of Harlem EatUp!, a new three-day food, music and arts festival that will celebrate the Harlem community and culture and will debut in in May 2015.D Dipasupil / Getty Images for Harlem EatUp! Festival file

I read Questlove's series on hip-hop for Vulture. Quest is super knowledgable about the genre and offers great insight that really made me look at hip-hop from a different angle.

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Questlove of The Roots on Jan. 10 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Lloyd Bishop/NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

I visited Dallas, Texas and ate some amazing BBQ. They take their beef really seriously in Texas!

I heard Brianna Thomas sing and I stopped in my tracks. Her soul and spirit is pure, beautiful, moving Jazz at its finest.

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