Marcus is the youngest chef to be awarded three stars from the New York Times twice, the first of which he received at age 24 as the executive chef of Aquavit. The accolades have been rolling in since. The James Beard Foundation named him Best Chef in New York City in 2003 and his book The Soul of a New Cuisine the Best International Cookbook in 2006.
In 2009, he hosted the first state dinner for President Barack Obama. In 2010, he won Bravo’s Top Chef Masters competition, raising more than $100,000 dollars for UNICEF's Tap Project. In 2012, he won Chopped All-Stars on Food Network, donating his $50,000 prize to C-Cap, a charity that provides culinary education and employment for underserved youth. And in 2012, his restaurant Red Rooster Harlem was awarded Best Neighborhood Joint by Time Out New York.
In addition to being a successful cookbook author, Marcus released his New York Times Best Seller memoir, Yes, Chef, in 2012 to rave reviews and won both the IACP award for Best Literary Food Writing and the James Beard Foundation’s award for Writing and Literature. He has been featured on a number of media platforms including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Martha Stewart Show, the Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Charlie Rose.
Marcus also serves as a recurring judge on Chopped, one of Food Network's highest-rated shows, with a following of over 20 million viewers each month. He was also a mentor on the second season of ABC's The Taste, guiding a team of new culinary talent through a series of challenges.