Today Eater, the award-winning food and dining brand from Vox Media, and PBS, America’s largest public media enterprise, announced the launch of a new original television series, NO PASSPORT REQUIRED, hosted by internationally acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson. The new show marks Eater’s first expansion into network television programming.
“Chasing flavors has been my lifelong passion,” shared Chef Marcus Samuelsson. “To now be able to bring viewers on that journey with me to these amazing communities in cities across the U.S. is truly a dream come true. We get to go deep into the markets, pull up to the roadside stands, and be welcomed into homes, all the places where people share and celebrate food together.”
The series, which will begin production this year and premiere in 2018 on PBS, is slated for six one-hour episodes that each follow Samuelsson as he explores communities that reveal the best global cuisine hidden in America’s backyards -- from the Arab American community in Detroit, the Vietnamese American residents in New Orleans, the Russian community in Seattle, Chicago’s Mexican population to the Ethiopian neighborhood in Washington, DC and the Haitian community in Miami.
The story will continue through a nationwide series of events that bring the featured cuisines to audiences in each city, through exclusive behind-the-scenes digital content on Eater and PBS.org, and through local outreach by PBS member stations and Eater’s local city platforms.
"Vox Media and PBS have a shared mission to present world-class innovative content and quality storytelling through our rich networks of local affiliates and Eater’s local city platforms, and we’re excited to partner with PBS to present this exciting new multimedia series," said Marty Moe, President, Vox Media.
Read more about No Passport Required in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.