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"No Passport Required" Explores American Through the Culture of Food

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No Passport Required, hosted and executive produced by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the United States to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisines woven into American food and culture. The new six-part series premieres Tuesdays, July 10 through August 7, at 9pm, and Tuesday, August 14, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16.

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. 

An immigrant himself — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem — Marcus brings a particular resonance to his observations as he travels across the country.

“I absolutely believe in the American dream,” he said in a press release. “It’s inspired people from all over the world to come here. And what would America be without all the immigrants? Not as delicious! Not as tasty!”

From Detroit, where Marcus meets Middle Eastern immigrants who call the city home, to the Ethiopian community in Washington, D.C., No Passport Required showcases how food can bring Americans — old and new — together around the table. In New Orleans, Marcus learns how Vietnamese culinary traditions have fully integrated into the fabric of the city, taking center stage with long-established French and African influences. In New York, he’s shown how the Indo-Guyanese culture thrives in a small enclave of Queens, and how this one community has taken the best of its Indian and Caribbean roots and incorporated those influences into its customs and cuisine. In Chicago, Marcus heads to the city’s Mexican neighborhoods and discovers their impact on the area’s food and cultural landscape. Then in Miami, he meets with members of the proud local Haitian community.

This summer, explore the extraordinary global food traditions that influence the way Americans eat today — No Passport Required