Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has announced that his Maya Haile is pregnant with the couple’s second child! The Chopped judge shared an image of his family, with his wife’s pregnant belly in view while she held up two fingers to signify their second baby. Marcus shared more than just a pregnancy announcement, though!
“Maya and I are very excited to share that Zion is going to be a big brother!” the Top Chef Masters winner wrote. Marcus then shared both the gender and name of his child in his pregnancy announcement. It’s a girl! “We will be welcoming a baby girl in the new year.” They have chosen to name their daughter Grace Ethiopia.
Marcus revealed the touching reason why he and his wife, who are both Ethiopian, opted to use their home country’s name as their daughter’s moniker. “Our fellow Ethiopians have experienced such a difficult year, so it means a lot to us to honor and celebrate our country of origin through the birth of our daughter. We are sending our joy and light to you and our community.”
The New York Times Bestselling Author welcomed his first child with Maya, son Zion Mandela, in July of 2016. Zion arrived 7 years after Marcus and Maya tied the knot. The couple was married in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, in 2009. Marcus also has an adult child, a daughter named Zoe, from a previous relationship.
Congratulations to Marcus and Maya on the news of their baby girl! We wish them lots of love as they prepare to welcome Grace Ethiopia into the world.