Age: 25. Why he's rising: Elevated Scandinavian-inspired cuisine to new heights. The restaurant, which had won two stars, then lost a star and many customers with it, won three stars from The New York Times just months after Samuelsson's arrival. Background: Born in Ethiopia and orphaned at the age of 3, he was adopted by a Swedish couple and raised in Göteborg, Sweden. Attended culinary school there before apprenticing with French star chef Georges Blanc's restaurant near Lyons. Later ...

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