New series, ‘No Passport Required,’ hosted by Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Hosted by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, “No Passport Required,” is a new six-part 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. The new series will be on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. starting on July 10.

Each week Samuelsson — 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 Detroit, where Marcus meets Middle Eastern immigrants who call the city home, to the Ethiopian community in Washington, D.C., “No Passport Required,” showcases how food can bring Americans — old and new — together around the table. This summer, explore the wonders of the world’s global food traditions right here at home in the U.S.

July 10

Detroit
Join Samuelsson to explore the culture and flavor of Detroit’s Middle Eastern community. He shares a meal with a Syrian refugee family, eats falafel, learns how to make Iraqi bread, and attends an amazing 700-person Lebanese wedding.

July 17

New Orleans
Samuelsson discovers how Vietnamese cuisine and culture have influenced the city in delicious ways. From pho to banh mi, he learns how young chefs are taking culinary traditions and translating them for a new, multicultural generation.

July 24

“Chicago”
Samuelsson visits the city’s longstanding Mexican community — the second largest in the U.S. — to learn about its heritage and cuisine. He tastes tacos de cecina and grilled nopales, and learns the secrets of mole sauce from a master.

July 31

“Queens, NYC”
The chef host goes inside the Indo-Guyanese community to explore its roots and cuisine. Samuelsson eats Trinidadian roti, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry.

August 7

“Miami”
Samuelsson explores the cuisine, culture and history of the Haitian community. From tropical, tangy soursop ice cream to mamba spread to soupe joumou and deep-fried pate korde, he eats his way through Haiti’s culinary classics.

August 14

“D.C.”
Samuelsson dines, dances and dishes with the Ethiopian community in the nation’s capital. He enjoys staples like kifto and injera, and celebrates the culture through cooking, dance and a traditional coffee ceremony.

 

Chef Samuelsson — co-owner of New York’s critically acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem — embodies America’s extraordinarily rich cultural diversity. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and a proud resident of Harlem, he’s inspired by this global background to infuse his culinary experiences with diverse elements of music, history, culture and the arts. Today, he is a celebrated award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist and food activist.

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