Hosted by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, No Passport Required is a new six-part PBS/Eater series that takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisine woven into American food and culture. Each week Marcus — an immigrant himself — visits a new city to discover the dynamic and creative ways a particular community has made its mark. A vibrant portrait of America today, No Passport Required features musicians, poets, chefs, business owners, artists, community leaders and home cooks who have enhanced the nation’s culture and cuisine.
From Seattle, where Marcus cooks with a Filipino community eager to create new traditions for a new generation, to Houston, where West African immigrants create their own brand of soul food, No Passport Required showcases how food brings Americans — new and old — together around the table. In Philadelphia, Marcus learns more about the genesis of the Italian-American cuisine that’s such a staple in the United States today. In Boston, the chef tracks food traditions through the Portuguese-speaking world while on a whirlwind tour of the city that includes fish stews, indigenous superfoods, and even some jiu jitsu. In Southern California, the widespread Armenian community in LA and Glendale comes together to create a new home through shared food and culture. And in glitzy Las Vegas, Marcus leaves the strip to dive into the Chinese culinary traditions now revered in the city. Explore the wonders of the world’s global food traditions right here in the United States — No Passport Required.
- SeattleMarcus Samuelsson goes to Seattle, where he spends time with immigrant and second-generation Filipinos who are taking charge of their city’s food scene.
- Los AngelesMarcus Samuelsson arrives in sunny Los Angeles to meet with Armenians influencing the city’s food scene.
- HoustonMarcus Samuelsson visits Houston to learn more about food and community in the Nigerian and greater West African diaspora.
- PhiladelphiaMarcus Samuelsson heads to Philadelphia, where he meets new friends and old and learns more about the city’s Italian food scene.
- Las VegasMarcus Samuelsson visits Las Vegas to learn more about the city’s long-standing Chinese community and their food traditions.
- BostonMarcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions.
Catch Up on Season One
- DetroitExplore the culture and flavor of Detroit’s Middle Eastern community. Watch now.Continue
- New OrleansDiscover how Vietnamese residents have influenced the city in delicious ways. Watch now.Continue
- ChicagoVisit Chicago’s Mexican community to learn about its heritage and cuisine. Watch now.Continue
- Queens, NYCGo inside the Indo-Guyanese community in Queens to explore its roots and cuisine. Watch now.Continue
- MiamiExplore the cuisine, culture and history of the city’s Haitian community. Watch now.Continue
- Washington, D.C.Dine, dance and dish with the Ethiopian community in the nation’s capital. Watch now.Continue
Meet Marcus Samuelsson
Marcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginnys Supper Club, Marcus at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda, Norda Bar & Grill in Gothenburg, Sweden, and in 2017, Red Rooster Shoreditch in London and Marcus B&P in Newark. He has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence, first catching the attention of the culinary world at Aquavit. During his tenure as executive chef there, he received an impressive three-star rating from The New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade. Continue Reading