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.
Six U.S. cities to be featured during the first season of this new original television series. NO PASSPORT REQUIRED will celebrate America’s diverse cultural mosaic as Samuelsson travels to under-explored parts of American cities to showcase the people, places and culinary flavors of immigrant communities.
Chef Samuelsson — co-owner of New York’s critically acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem — embodies America’s extraordinarily rich cultural diversity. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and a proud resident of Harlem, he’s inspired by this global background to infuse his culinary experiences with diverse elements of music, history, culture and the arts. Samuelsson’s accolades include earning five James Beard Awards.
“Chasing flavors has been my lifelong passion,” shared 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 show is slated for six one-hour episodes that follow Samuelsson as he explores the best global cuisine hidden in American cities, including the Arab American community in Detroit, the Vietnamese American residents in New Orleans, the Indo-Guyanese community in the New York City borough of Queens, Chicago’s Mexican population, the Ethiopian communities of Washington, DC and the Haitian community in Miami.