ABOUT THE SHOW
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.
Marcus heads to Detroit and learns more about its culture, history and food. He shares a home-cooked meal with a family of Syrian refugees and talks about overcoming misconceptions. Marcus cooks with Lebanese-American pastry chef Lena Sareini, eats falafel and learns how to make samoon, an Iraqi bread, all before ending the trip at an amazing 700-person wedding.
New Orleans is known for being one of the most vibrant food cities in America, thanks in part to the Vietnamese community's culinary contributions. He discovers how young chefs are taking culinary traditions and translating them for a new, multicultural generation. Marcus takes in everything from pho and banh mi to Vietnamese iced coffee.
Marcus visits the longstanding Mexican community in Chicago to learn about its heritage and traditions. With muralist Juan Angel Chavez, Marcus eats tacos de cecina and grilled nopales, and discusses the important role meat plays in Mexican cooking. Later, Marcus discovers the secrets of making mole sauce with master chef Diana Davila.
With his background, Marcus really identifies with New York’s Indo-Guyanese community. This community from Guyana and the Caribbean has roots in India, influences from Africa, China, Portugal, and has now settled in Queens. He eats Trinidadian roti, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry in honour of springtime festival Phagwah.
The history of Haitian immigration to Miami is deep and layered. Food serves as a way for the community to celebrate together and helps educate the region about its culture. From the tropical soursop ice cream and the spicy, nutty mamba spread to soupe joumou and deep-fried pate korde, Marcus eats his way through Haiti’s culinary classics while embracing the detailed history of Haitians in Miami.
Outside of Ethiopia, D.C. has the largest population of Ethiopians, so the city feels like a homecoming to Marcus even though he’s never lived there. He visits a market in Little Ethiopia, talks about the spiritual rituals that are closely connected with the cuisine, enjoys Ethiopian staples, and celebrates the culture’s traditions through cooking, dance and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.