Chef Marcus Samuelsson and his wife are expecting a baby girl


Chef Marcus Samuelsson and his wife, Maya Haile Samuelsson, shared two exciting announcements this week.

The couple revealed they are expecting their second child together in 2022, this time a baby girl. In addition to the happy news, they took a moment to explain to fans the touching meaning of the name they chose for their daughter.

The Samuelssons each shared the same family photo on Instagram Friday the couple and their five-year-old son Zion Mandela posed in matching white tops. The expectant mother opted for a pair of coordinating white underwear as she held a peace sign with her left hand.

“Maya and I are very happy to share that Zion is going to be a big brother!” Samuelsson, 50, subtitled his position. “We are going to welcome a baby girl in the New Year and name her Grace Ethiopia. “

The restaurateur then continued, “Our fellow Ethiopians have had such a difficult year, so it means a lot to us to honor and celebrate our homeland through the birth of our daughter.

“We send our joy and light to you and our community,” he concluded, before adding “#onelove” with an Ethiopian flag emoji.

On her Instagram story, the pregnant model shared a cute behind-the-scenes photo from their family photoshoot. Samuelsson appeared to be taking a photo on her iPhone as her husband posed in a little white dress. He held it behind his son’s head as Zion lounged between his parents for the shot.

“Our ETHIOPA, we are already in love with you baby Girl,” she wrote in the photo.

Zion will soon be a big brother!mayahaile / Instagram

The comments section of Samuelsson’s post was inundated with congratulatory messages for the couple.

Padma Lakshmi left an enthusiastic comment on the post, writing: “Yay! What great news! “

“Congratulations !!!!” wrote Tabitha Brown.

Bobby Flay shared a post for the whole family, writing: “Congratulations @marcuscooks and the Samuelsson family.”

Supporters of the leader also expressed their wishes for happiness.

“Congratulations !! That’s a wonderful name,” wrote one fan. “I have a little baby called Grace. She’s amazing! What a beautiful tribute to Ethiopia!

Another fan celebrated the news and the happiness of the family, writing, “Thank you for sharing your joy with us. A loving brother.

The couple got married in a destination wedding in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, in 2009. Samuelsson also has an adult daughter, Zoe, from a previous relationship.

In early July, the co-owner of Red Rooster restaurant in New York’s Harlem neighborhood shared a cute family photo on Instagram, using the caption to wish his supporters a happy 4th of July weekend. In the photo, the family were sitting on the front porch of a brown stone building and Samuelsson held his son in his lap as his wife sat to the side, smiling at the two.

“Hope you are happy, healthy and enjoying delicious food with your loved ones this long weekend,” he captioned the post. “Happy July # 4 from @MayaHaile, Zion and I!” “

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