No Passport Required

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.

In each episode, 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.

Distributed by: The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
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Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson

No Passport Required's host and executive producer Marcus Samuelsson is an acclaimed chef, sucessful cookbook author, busy philanthropist and an international patron of the arts.

Detroit

Episode #101 · Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson to explore the culture and flavor of Detroit's Middle Eastern community. Marcus shares a meal with a Syrian refugee family, eats falafel, learns how to make Iraqi bread, and attends an amazing 700-person Lebanese wedding.

New Orleans

Episode #102 · Chef Marcus 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.

Chicago

Episode #103 · Chef Marcus 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.

Queens, Nyc

Episode #104 · Chef Marcus Samuelsson goes inside the Indo-Guyanese community to explore its roots and cuisine. Marcus eats Trinidadian roti, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry.

Miami

Episode #105 · Chef Marcus 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, Marcus eats his way through Haiti's culinary classics.

D.C.

Episode #106 · Chef Marcus 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.

Seattle

Episode #201 · 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.

Los Angeles

Episode #202 · 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 young chefs who are taking it to the next level.

Houston

Episode #203 · Join Chef Marcus Samuelsson in Houston -- America's most diverse city -- to explore the food and culture of its Nigerian and West African community. Along the way, Samuelsson cooks with cutting-edge chefs as well as traditional home cooks.

Philadelphia

Episode #204 · 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.

Las Vegas

Episode #205 · 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 transforming their parents' cuisine.

Boston

Episode #206 · 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.