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Samuelsson no longer top chef at Aquavit

NEW YORK Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

A Townhouse Restaurant Group spokeswoman said the celebrity chef and cookbook author is a minority shareholder of the company and has not been hands-on in the kitchen for years, although his menu was used by the restaurant’s two previous executive chefs, Nils Noren and Johan Svensson.Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit’s new chef, Marcus Jernmark, has revamped the menu, excising non-Swedish ingredients such as curry and lemongrass in favor of more traditional items.Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Jernmark, 28, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Grythyttan in Sweden and recently worked at the residence of the consul general of Sweden in New York. He was hired as a sous-chef at Aquavit in August of 2009.Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Samuelsson won the James Beard Foundation “Rising Star” award in 1999 and was named best chef in New York City by that organization in 2003. He most recently gained attention as a rare guest chef at the White House, where he cooked President Obama’s first state dinner, with executive chef Cristeta Comerford, for visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He also is a contestant on the current season of "Top Chef Masters."Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Contact Bret Thorn at bt[email protected].Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

Aquavit restaurant has stopped calling Marcus Samuelsson its chef-owner.

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