The award-winning chef dishes on his island favorites.

chef Marcus Samuelsson
Credit: Left: Alexander Tamargo; Right: DEA/G. SOSIO

Over the past 25 years, chef Marcus Samuelsson has crafted a culinary empire. With nearly a dozen restaurants spread throughout North America and Europe, the award-winning chef is proving to be the king of comfort food.

Last year, Samuelsson expanded his portfolio a little farther south with the opening of Marcus', a Caribbean-inspired spot in the newly-renovated Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. The upscale eatery still offers touches of the home-style cooking that made Samuelsson famous, but with a distinctly tropical flair.

When he's in town, and not too busy working the kitchen, Samuelsson stops at his favorite local haunts for what he calls "inspiring" cuisine.

Here are his tips for a great culinary experience in Bermuda.


“I always recommend to people, to go on a fishing [trip]. You can bring a fresh fish sandwich right on the boat with you. It’s stunning to be out there on the open water, eating fish that was caught that same day. Bermuda is so beautiful and being on the water is the perfect perspective.”


“In Hamilton, there’s a place called the Jamaican Grill that is both my favorite lunch spot and my favorite late-night place. Get the jerk chicken and stay for the live steel drums. You really feel like you’re in a Jamaican shack.”


“Bermuda is very famous for their stew. You can find it in St. George, but it can get a little difficult because a lot of people serve that fish stew, so you have to know the best places to go. Avoid the places that cater to the cruise crowd. Try the Wahoo Grill; it’s a whimsical place. You sit on the patio, out on the water, and it’s very picturesque.”


“Rum cake is always big in Bermuda and the Jamaican Grill has a great rum cake. On the beach you can also get shaved ice or fresh fruit cut right in front of you. When you’re on the beach and it’s 90 degrees, that’s where you want to be.”