Radio
Projects
About
News

Marja Samsom

People
34 Programs

Marja Samsom

Marja Samsom. Photo courtesy of Marja Samsom, 2011.
Marja Samsom. Photo courtesy of Marja Samsom, 2011.

Resident artist Marja Samsom assumes many aliases, but she is most beloved at ARTonAIR as the "Dumpling Diva." A New York-based Dutch performance artist and chef extraordinaire, Marja explores the language of cooking in her work. Marja was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to New York in the 1980s. She worked as a caterer while supporting her culinary and artistic career. She was chef and owner of The Kitchen Club, one of New York’s most celebrated and iconoclastic restaurants for twenty years, along with the similarly-minded offshoots Chibi’s and Chibitini. Her work has been exhibited and performed at numerous galleries and venues, including Gallery De Appel, Bertha Urdang Gallery, Hal Bromm Gallery, and Franklin Furnace. Before moving to New York, Samsom created a series of performances and super-8 films based around a series of alter egos, such as Miss Kerr and Miss Behave, that were performed and shown throughout Amsterdam. She is the host of the cooking program Cooking Up a Storm at ARTonAIR.org, a synthesis of her performative and culinary abilities. She has gained much recognition as a pioneering and inventive chef, working with traditional Japanese and Dutch recipes in thoroughly untraditional ways. After closing of The Kitchen Club in 2010, Samsom has continued holding cooking workshops throughout New York City at venues including the Japanese Culinary Center, the New Amsterdam Market, and Building on Bond – and has returned to much of the performance art that she practiced in Amsterdam.

Radio Featuring Marja Samsom

Cooking Up A Storm

Radio Series
34 Episodes

AIR's Dumpling Diva, Marja Samsom, brings her pots and pans into the AIR kitchen, where she cooks all her most alluring, signature dishes and provides you with any help you need to make them yourself.

More

Dark Chocolate Dumplings

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

The Dumpling Diva teaches us how to make dark chocolate ganache and fresh raspberry wontons. When served warm, this truly decadent desert pairs perfectly with Dulce de Leche gelato. Look for Marja at the New Amsterdam Market in NYC!

More

Pumpkin Poffertjes

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Mashed pumpkin and sweet potato folded into those special Dutch pancakes with a wasabi accent and an invitation for a Sake on the side. Theis is Marja's third segment on the seductive poffertje accompanied by anecdotal tales and histories.

More

Creating an Autumn Still Life

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Recipe inspired by colors reminiscent of fall in Dutch 17th century still lifes. Sweet caramelized beets are complimented by bitter cabbage, and pomegranates add crunch!

More

Frank DeCaro, Summer Rolls

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Marja invited Frank DeCaro, Sirius Radio Host and author of "The Dead Celebrity Cookbook" into our studios to roll up his sleeves for a little private cooking lesson. They make another version of the dumpling from the Diva's repertoire: Summer Rolls!

More

Musical Asparagus

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

French accordionist & composer Nicole Renaud joined Marja in the studio during White Asparagus Season, singing songs together while cooking and thus joining classic French & Dutch flavors in a delicious dish: Asparagus a l'Hollandaise.

More

Boerenkool Stampot met Rookworst

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Marja offers up a classic Dutch winter dish for the holidays, buttery nutmeg potatoes with kale and smoked sausage. Remember to keep it in a warm place to let the flavors blend (also very delicious the next day ...).

More

Chocolate Cherries

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Mr. Bing's cherries are made extra special when dipped in chocolate and toasted quinoa. Marja takes you through the process step by step in another segment of mouth-watering radio.

More

Summer Sunflower Salad

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

The radiant sunflower is part of the artichoke family and high in antioxidants. This recipe mixes its seeds with Chrysanthemum, Bibb lettuce, and oils and is served in the flower. Marja's marvelous salads have surprise textures and harmonies.

More

Duck & Bing Cherry Dumplings

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Chopped duck leg confit, shallots, Bing cherries, and perhaps a touch of miso go into another of Marja's magic dumplings. Tune in for a radio cooking lesson complete with sizzle, follow along and enjoy...

More

Soba 4 Chibi

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Soba noodles, absolutely the best with Kizami Nori on top, specially on a hot summer day, with some Marja special add-ons. And one of Chibi's favorite treats! Hear the story and learn how to make it. You can almost taste the radio.

More

Food writer, gourmand, and bon vivant Betty Fussell joins Marja Samsom to prepare an Ile Flottante or Floating Island: a custard and meringue desert dating back to 16th century France.

More

Fab Holiday Fun with Lee Anne Wong

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

A fab holiday fun session with Lee Anne Wong, Chef, TV Food Network personality and entrepreneur who wisely and freely riffs off practical cooking stories and tips while Marja creates St Nikolas' Marzipan Truffles...

More

Honey Bee's Cranberry Relish

Radio
Cooking Up A Storm

Those who first assembled the raw ingredients used in this timeless old recipe anticipated the Raw Movement generations ago. A real inspiration. Cranberries, walnuts, tangerine, honey. These flavors blend beautifully. Click here for Marja's recipe.

More

Shrine, The Stories

Radio
Clocktower Exhibits & Events

Artist Marja Samsom staged a Clocktower performance and storytelling event in Oct. 2011 in a tribute to her fairy godmother and her late sister. Visitors also viewed her installation of objects, publications, photos, video, and more. Plus dumplings!

More
© 2014   |   Clocktower is a community-sponsored NY State 501(c)(3) non-profit, registered charity, and tax-exempt organization.   |    Formerly the Clocktower Gallery & artonair.org