Flushing, NY (NYSportscene.com) – Citi held its third Citi Kids event of the 2014 season at Citi Field on Wednesday with celebrity chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. He spoke to 150 students from United Neighborhood Houses and Jackie Robinson foundation scholars about his personal life story, before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, prior to the Mets taking on the Philadelphia Phillies.
Samuelsson is the celebrated chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club and American Table Cafe and Bar in Lincoln Center. The youngest person to ever receive a three-star review fromThe New York Times, Samuelsson has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including “Best Chef: New York City”, while also serving as a mentor on ABC’s The Taste and stars in FYI’s The Feed, which premiers in August of 2014. Most recently, Samuelsson partnered with Mayor De Blasio, former President Bill Clinton, and Tren’ness Wood-Black to announce Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival coming to Harlem, New York in May 2015.
Now in its sixth season, Citi Kids is an educational and motivational community-based initiative for New York City middle and high school students developed by Citi. The program highlighted the importance of financial education and saving money via Citi’s Teach Children to Save initiative.