July 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET

The Path Forward: Dining Out with Wolfgang Puck and Marcus Samuelsson

The restaurant industry is struggling to survive as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Renowned chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck is a member of President Trump’s Economic Council for Restaurants. He will join Washington Post food anchor Mary Beth Albright to discuss economic and safety policies aimed at reviving and sustaining the restaurant industry. Albright will also speak with chef and TV host Marcus Samuelsson about the effect of the pandemic on restaurants and explain how the nation’s social justice movement is impacting the industry. Join Washington Post Live on Friday, July 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Highlights
Chef Wolfgang Puck serves on President Trump’s Economic Council for Restaurants. He says he told Trump that restaurants need a stimulus package and proposed that businesses be able to deduct 100 percent of their expenses at restaurants as an incentive. ‘The restaurant business is the biggest employer in the country, next to the government...What I told the president was we have to get a stimulus package going.
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Chef Wolfgang Puck received money from the Paycheck Protection Program, but he gave most of it back. He says the money should have been distributed to insurance companies, not directly to businesses, to make sure smaller businesses got the money they need.
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With many restaurants operating with reduced capacity, Chef Wolfgang Puck said cities should help small restaurants secure outdoor dining space to help them continue to operate.
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Chef Marcus Samuelsson says being a person of color who is also a business owner is very difficult given the obstacles entrepreneurs of color face, but he says more people are taking a stand against inequality. ‘Being a small business owner today is very, very difficult, specifically for black brown and indigenous, because: A. We don’t have generational wealth, B. We’re dealing with systemic racism, which means we can’t get access to bank loans...but a least were having a conversation about it right now.’
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Chef Marcus Samuelsson turned three of his restaurants in Harlem, Newark and Miami in to community kitchens, as the pandemic began to grip the country. He said he knew Harlem would be hit ‘very hard’ by the pandemic and helping the community was the ‘right call.’ ‘Since we started this, we’ve served over 200,000 people between Harlem, Newark and Miami.
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Wolfgang Puck
Chef and Restaurateur
The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. The famed chef has built a brand that encompasses three companies: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, consist ing of 25 owned, operated, and licensed fine dining restaurants across 12 cities in 6 countries; Wolfgang Puck World Wide which has a portfolio of 79 casual and fast - casual restaurants, as well as branded consumer products ; and Wolfgang Puck Catering which is the catering service business which operates as a subsidiary of Compass Group . Wolfgang Puck’s brand carries an undeniable cachet, synonymous with a bold, innovative style of cooking that has redefined the fine dining industry. His trademark dishes, coupled with his unmistakable panache and personality, has revolutionized the culinary trade.
Marcus Samuelsson
Chef and TV Host
Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind many restaurants worldwide. He has won multiple James Beard Foundation awards for his work as a chef and as host of No Passport Required, his public television series with Vox/Eater. Samuelsson was crowned champion of Top Chef Masters and Chopped All Stars, and was the guest chef for President Obama’s first state dinner. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson is co-chair of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which focuses on underserved youth. Author of several cookbooks in addition to the New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, Samuelsson also co-produces the annual Harlem EatUp! festival, which celebrates the food, art, and culture of Harlem. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Samuelsson converted his restaurants Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus B&P in Newark, and Red Rooster Overtown in Miami into community kitchens in partnership with World Central Kitchen, serving well over 100,000 meals to those in need. His podcast titled This Moment with Swedish rapper Timbuktu is out now. Follow Samuelsson on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @MarcusCooks.
Moderated by Mary Beth Albright
The Washington Post
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