NO PASSPORT REQUIRED, the new six-part series produced by Vox Media’s award-winning food and dining brand Eater and hosted by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson for PBS, premieres Tuesday July 10th at 9 PM ET on PBS.
Executive producer and renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson will take viewers on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisines woven into American food and culture. Each week Marcus visits a new city to discover the dynamic and creative ways a particular immigrant 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.
The show will air at 9 PM ET every Tuesday through August 7, and at 8:00-9:00 PM ET on August 4. The series can also be streamed at 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesdays on PBS.org, the PBS Food NO PASSPORT REQUIRED site, PBS mobile and OTT apps, and local PBS member station websites.
Below is the schedule of NO PASSPORT REQUIRED episodes:
“Detroit” - Tuesday, July 10, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
Marcus heads to Detroit — home to one of the largest and most diverse Middle Eastern communities in America — to explore its culture, history and food. With a family of Syrian refugees in Dearborn, he shares a home-cooked meal and talks about their proud heritage and overcoming misconceptions. Over Yemeni tea, he discusses the importance of finding community. Marcus cooks with Lebanese-American pastry chef Lena Sareini and learns how to make the Iraqi bread samoon, all before ending the trip at an amazing 700-person wedding.
“New Orleans” - Tuesday, July 17, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
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. With Cindy Nguyen, NOLA’s first Vietnamese councilwoman, Marcus learns about the essentials of the cuisine. Alongside Peter Nguyen and Tung Nguyen, he sees how young chefs are taking culinary traditions and translating them for a new, multicultural generation. Marcus takes in everything, from pho and bánh mì to Vietnamese iced coffee, and hears about the impact the BP oil spill and Hurricane Katrina had on the community.
“Chicago” - Tuesday, July 24, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
Marcus visits the longstanding Mexican community in Chicago — the second largest in the U.S. — 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, master chef Diana Davila shares with Marcus how she combines Chicago’s local ingredients with the traditional techniques of pre-Hispanic Mexican cuisine at her restaurant Mi Tocaya.
“Queens, NYC” - Tuesday, July 31, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
In New York, Marcus learns about the Indo-Guyanese community. This double-diasporic community from Guyana and the Caribbean has roots in India, influences from Africa, China, Portugal, and has now settled in Richmond Hill, Queens. Marcus eats Trinidadian roti and doubles, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry in honor of springtime festival Phagwah.
“Miami” - Tuesday, August 7, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET
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, tangy 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 — and music and art — of Haitians in the city of Miami.
“D.C.” - Tuesday, August 14, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
Outside of Ethiopia, Washington, D.C. has the largest population of Ethiopians in the world, 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 so closely connected with the cuisine, enjoys Ethiopian staples like kifto and injera, and celebrates the culture’s traditions through cooking, dance and a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
NO PASSPORT REQUIRED is executive produced by Marty Moe, Chad Mumm, Amanda Kludt, Jim Bankoff, Lauren Thompson, Joanna Forscher, and Marcus Samuelsson for Vox Entertainment. Pamela A. Aguilar and Bill Gardner are executives in charge for PBS.
Read more about NO PASSPORT REQUIRED in Eater’s Q&A with show host and executive producer Marcus Samuelsson or via PBS.