“No Passport Required,” hosted and executive produced by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, will return to Arizona PBS for a preview of its second season on Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. The full season will premiere Jan. 20, 2020.
Once again, Marcus will explore six different American cities, visiting with both professional chefs and home cooks, for an in-depth look at the rich diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisines woven into American food and culture.
In Season 2, “No Passport Required” will travel to Houston, home to one of the highest numbers of West African expatriates of any U.S. city; the Filipino American community in Seattle, who are part of the city’s longstanding Asian Pacific American heritage; Los Angeles, where the world’s second-largest Armenian community resides; and Boston, where Marcus explores Portuguese-speaking cultures and cuisines from Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal. Other episodes focus on the Chinese American community in Las Vegas, which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, and Philadelphia, where Italian Americans have thrived for generations. In each city, he’ll visit local restaurants, markets and family homes, learning about each community’s cuisine and heritage.
An immigrant himself — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem — Marcus Samuelsson is passionate about sharing and celebrating the food of America’s vibrant communities. Each episode shows how important food can be in bringing Americans — old and new — together around the table.
“I’m so happy to be working on a second season of “No Passport Required,” said Samuelsson. “We have only begun to scratch the surface of the amazing range of immigrant cultures and cuisines found in the U.S. It’s exciting to go on this journey once again and bring attention to these diverse communities that contribute so much to our nation.”
Dec. 13: Seattle
Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson as he explores Seattle’s thriving Filipino community, learning about their longstanding connection to the city and meeting young Filipino-American chefs who are bringing their passion to the city’s vibrant food scene.
Jan. 20: Los Angeles
Explore the large and thriving Armenian community in Los Angeles with Chef Marcus Samuelsson as he learns about their history, shares their traditional cuisine, and meets chefs who are taking it to the next level.
Jan. 27: Houston
Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson in Houston — America’s most diverse city — to explore the food and culture of its Nigerian and West African communities. Along the way, Samuelsson cooks with cutting-edge chefs as well as traditional home cooks.
Feb. 3: Philadelphia
Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson in Philadelphia, where he meets new friends and old, and learns about the city’s Italian food scene while sampling everything from pizza to cannoli, with plenty of red sauce, burrata and handmade pasta in between.
Feb. 10: Las Vegas
Explore Las Vegas and its deep-rooted Chinese community — from the Strip’s neon-lit casinos to modest shopping malls. Chef Marcus Samuelsson learns about diverse food traditions and meets a new wave of chefs who are transforming their parents’ cuisine.
Feb. 17: Boston
Visit Boston with Chef Marcus Samuelsson to learn about the Portuguese, Brazilian and Cape Verdean diasporas, united by one language in the bustling port city they call home. Meet the chefs who are continuing and transforming culinary traditions.